David Bell/ Simon May/ Kristina Musholt

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Tuesday 29 November 2011, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE

David Bell, President of the British Psychoanalytic Society and Consultant Psychiatrist, Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Simon May, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Is genuine love really unconditional – unlike all other emotions? Or necessarily enduring? Or a disinterested concern for the flourishing of our loved ones? Simon May argued it is not, and then presented his own theory of love as the desire for those whom we experience as indestructibly grounding our life. David Bell responded to Simon May’s presentation, approaching the subject from a psychoanalytic perspective and drawing in particular on the work of Freud, Klein and Bion.