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On Romantic Love (IAI Academy)

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Can love be rational? Are we ever in control? American philosopher of mind Berit Brogaard outlines her new theory of love and uncovers the simple truths about the most complex emotion.

Love often strikes like a thunderbolt- inexplicable, unaccountable and often painful. Moreover, we often think that to fall in love means to surrender both our freedom and our reason. But is this true? What is the relationship between love and other, ‘rational’ emotions, and does it mean surrendering our power and our freedom to another?

In this course philosopher of mind and cognitive neuroscientist Berit Brogaard looks at our brain chemistry and psychology to reveal simple truths about this complex emotion.

In this course you will learn:

- Why a broken heart is more than just a metaphor

- Whether we should understand love as an emotion or a drive.

- What happens to our brain chemistry when we fall in- and out- of love.

- How to understand the difference between ration and irrational feelings.

- The evolutionary advantages of falling in love.

- How to use neuroscience to get over a breakup.


Course Syllabus

- Part One: Losing Control

Are free will and love compatible? Brogaard considers the latest neuroscience and philosophy.

- Part Two: Playing the Game

Can we choose who we love and when? Brogaard tames the passions with her theory of romance.