Fromm on standing in love

So we had, here, something of Fromm on falling in love. What of the contrast he makes between that essentially romantic conception of love and his preferred form of love, standing in love? Standing in love differs because unlike falling in love, which is premised on the fact that the lovers are still more or… Continue reading Fromm on standing in love

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Fromm on falling in love

Fromm’s classic, The Art of Loving, is full of arresting ideas, if a little dated now, what with his complementary idea of gender and poor understanding of homosexuality. I particularly like the distinction he draws between falling in love and standing in love. Falling in love is perhaps the default idea of love today. When… Continue reading Fromm on falling in love

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Doubting Hume was the greatest

Do you sometimes have the feeling that an opinion is coming at you from all sides? Right now, I have that feeling about the greatness of David Hume. The excellent Philosophy Bites had a recent podcast in which he was heralded as possibly the greatest English-speaking philosopher. Then I was reading Edward Craig’s Philosophy A… Continue reading Doubting Hume was the greatest

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What is happiness?

When I was writing Wellbeing, a number of words seemed to be key when asking about what happiness is. I suspect that one of the reasons the happiness debate can be so heated stems from the stress that is placed upon the different, even opposite, ideas that these words represent. Though it’s not in the… Continue reading What is happiness?

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