In this episode I interview Vancouver photo artist Angela Fama. For her project What is Love, Fama traveled over 17,000 km across Canada and the US interviewing more than 300 people about their definitions of love. Fama and I meet in a cafe to talk about the ontology of love, meditation, trauma, self-love, and death.
This episode is about the economic and social forces underlying love, marriage and dating. We look at Eva Illouz’s book Why Love Hurts, which talks about how modern cultural and institutional arrangements make finding and maintaining relationships difficult. I speak with Marina Adshade, economist and author of Dollars and Sex, about marriage, changing social norms, and sexbots.
What is the difference between love and friendship? Is there anything distinct about romantic love? We look at the theories of Robert Nozick, Harry Frankfurt and Thomas Smith. I speak with Michael Griffin, professor of classics and ancient philosophy at the University of British Columbia.