Today is Valentine’s Day, but what exactly is love? How have notions of love changed over time? Can love be consciously developed? And how does love for partners, friends, children, and countries differ? Maria Armoudian speaks to Simon May, Bennett W. Helm, and Robert Epstein.

Simon May is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Kings College, London. He is an expert in the philosophy of emotions and is the author of Love: A History.

Bennett W. Helm is a Professor of Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College. He is an expert in psychology and emotions and is the author of Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons.

Robert Epstein is a Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioural Research and Technology.



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