Ethics of love
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(1) Read the Symposium carefully and watch the lectures
(2) Pick two of the speeches that you found interesting and use them to respond to the following prompt:
(a) In your own words, explain the basic content of the two speeches. This brief summary should be no more than 300 words for the two speeches combined. You should try
to summarize very concisely the theory of love in each of the two speeches. In your summary, you should compare the two speeches.
(b) Once you’ve summarized the two speeches, develop your own analysis by responding to the following questions:
(i) How would you define romantic love? Is romantic love natural or is it something created by culture? How have modern technologies, such as Facebook and online
dating, transformed romantic love? Have they destroyed love, or made it more accesible to people? Is love something that can be planned for, or does it always happen
spontaneously, by chance? Use the the concepts developed in the two speeches to answer these questions, and then include your own thoughts about it. Use the speeches
as a starting point, and then include your own thoughts about love. This part should be at least 750 words.
(ii) Once you’ve answered a and b.i, discuss the following: when was the first time you were in love? How does Plato’s Symposium help you understand your own
experience better? For this portion, you can give a little bit of autobiography, and then use what you wrote in the previous sections to analyze and think critically
about your own experience. This part should be at least 350 words.
(3) In one short paragraph, summarize what you wrote about and list at least 3 conclusions
Should be 3-4 pages
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12 point font
Follow all word-length requirements (listed in each section)