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PHIL 8808 Phenomenology of Desire: Between Eros and Thanatos (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course deals with the philosophy of eros in its primary expressions of need, drive, desire and love. Beginning with two formative texts, Plato’s Symposium and The Song of Songs, it critically engages with the rich hermeneutic readings which comprise two significant western traditions of eros: as lack and as surplus. The seminar culminates with key contemporary readings of eros in Freud, Levinas, Ricoeur, Bataille and Continental Feminism.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Richard M. Kearney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 28-Sep-15