Love lecture to arrive on campus

By Karli Morello
November 17, 2006

Robert C. Solomon, Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of business and philosophy and distinguished teaching professor will be giving a lecture entitled, “Is Love a Second-Hand Motion?” on Monday, Nov. 20, at 11:30 a.m. He is a character and a voice in the movie “Waking Life.”

Solomon is the author of several books that we use here on campus including a book chosen for the Philosophy course on “Love.” He is also the professor on the lecture tapes about existentialism by the Learning Center, according to Sharon Schwarze, professor and chair of the philosophy department.

The University of Texas at Austin is where Solomon resides in his teachings and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers according to

Solomon uses the title for his lecture, which he took from a Tina Turner song, to represent erotic love, but not in a sexual sense. Solomon says, “I will not talk about sex as such, but what the difference is.” He will talk about what the difference between erotic love vs. love-pundits and love as a feeling vs. love as an emotion.

During the lecture, Solomon will touch on points such as, love being a story and relating it to “Romeo and Juliet.” He will also talk about the different emotions that come from different cultures such as Greek, Christian, Courtly and romantic.

Solomon will show his audience an alternative view of love thought-up by Jean-Paul Sartre. He also uses a lot of movies to prove his points and give examples about his ideas. In this particular lecture, he uses, “Sideways,” “Closer” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Solomon has won many teaching awards, including the Standard Oil Outstanding Teaching Award, The President’s Associates Teaching Award, which he won twice and the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award according to Solomon has also written and/or edited more than 45 books.

“Professor Solomon is in Philadelphia to give another lecture on Saturday and I e-mailed him and asked him to stay over a day to speak at Cabrini and he agreed,” said Schwarze. “We are lucky to have him coming. He was invited to Philadelphia by the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium and philosophers from around Philly will be going to hear him Saturday, Nov. 18.”

Schwarze knows Solomon from the University of Penn and said that he loves to talk philosophy with undergraduate students and he is a great teacher.

When asked if Solomon enjoyed giving lectures at larger or smaller venues like Cabrini, he said both, and he can’t wait to be back at Cabrini College.

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