What good is love?

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
The role of emotions in mental life is the subject of longstanding controversy, spanning the history of ethics, moral psychology, and educational theory. This paper defends an account of love’s cognitive power. My starting point is Plato’s dialogue, the Symposium, in which we find the surprising claim that love aims at engendering moral virtue. I argue that this understanding affords love a crucial place in educational curricula, as engaging the emotions can motivate both cognitive achievement and moral development. I first outline the state of the challenge between dominant rival theories regarding emotions in learning. Next, I demonstrate how Platonic virtue ethics offers the most tenable prospect for an education of reason and emotion. Third, I sketch three practical ways educators might constructively engage emotions in the classroom. I conclude that love’s virtue is its peerless power to motivate the creative and lateral thinking which leads to moral development.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
WARWGI
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-11-21
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Nature of Sympathy.Scheler, Max; Heath, Peter & Stark, W.
.Patterson, Jennifer

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Erotic Virtue.Ware, Lauren

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2015-02-22

Total views
287 ( #10,436 of 39,943 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
34 ( #15,324 of 39,943 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.