Sexual love and interpersonal intentionality

CFS lecture by Galen Strawson, University of Texas at Austin, USA.


An examination of some proposals about romantic love and its relation to sex: [1] it’s a symmetrical relation; [2] it’s naturalistically respectable; [3] optimal sex requires it; [4] it’s not essentially self-sacrificing; [5] it can happen more than once in life; [6] Shakespeare’s wrong about it (Sonnet 116); [7] Proust knows nothing about it; [8] Proust knows he knows nothing about it.