Philosophy Valentines


Your arguments strong, your conclusions sound.
Citations of my work, alas, have not been found.
– Reviewer #2

I know I’m proposing because I’m on bended knee.
Our first kiss was good for you, but was it for me?
-Behaviorist

Cherries might seem red. Sky could look blue.
If you don’t know better, you’re a zombie, too.

Philosophy Valentines, courtesy of Clayton Littlejohn (KCL).

Won’t you be my guest and add your own…

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Elle
Elle
4 years ago

In a possible world, not too far from here, my counterpart thinks your counterpart should be calling her “dear”
-modal realistReport

Richard Baron
4 years ago

Roses are red, or at least so they seem
But what if the quale’s the same in a dream?
Disjunctive or secondary, neither sounds right
Let physicalism lead us through the night.

Kant in Love

O noumenon, phenomenal
The heavens in your eyes I see
My love is more than nominal
I’d miss my daily walk, and tea.
But what is this, the moral law?
It bids us passion to restrain.
Ha! Empty thought that nevermore
Blind intuition wild can tame.Report

Jake Wojtowicz
Jake Wojtowicz
4 years ago

My two best efforts, after spending far too much time thinking about this:

My thought does not proceed
In a manner utilitariany
I’d save you from the water
Without one thought too many.

Hume was right,
Wollaston was wrong
You should not let your
Neighbour’s wife near your dongReport

Merilyn Jackson
4 years ago

Between Being and Love
is Building.
But Dasein is Love.
I am dwelling on that…

From my trilogy Bauen Wohnen Denken
as if i could care less for HeideggerReport

Brandon
Brandon
4 years ago

Don’t think, just look!
Get an Ubersicht from above:
And you will see that you and I
Are playing the language-game of love.
— WittgensteinReport

Critilo
Critilo
4 years ago

I’m not one to hoard love, but alas I can’t share
until clearly and distinctly I know that you’re there.
-DescartesReport

G
G
4 years ago

“Though my love for you is not based on argument or an inferential basis,
My love for you is still warranted, for it is properly basic.”
-Alvin PlantingaReport

Quitterie
Quitterie
4 years ago

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Mary can’t know them
But love sees for twoReport

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Roses are red
Violets are grue
I love you today
I only hope for t2Report

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime
But S5 is true
So, let’s get it on, me and youReport

Katja
4 years ago

Roses are red
And their redness canonic
I’m longing to take you
To realms less platonic

(others at https://meteuphoric.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/philosophical-love-poetry/)Report

Critilo
Critilo
4 years ago

Two Epicurean Valentines

Epicureanism by Its Enemies (Plutarch to Colotes)

Lord of pleasure, be our master,
and lead us to your excess faster.
When soul from fleeting tract of flesh,
Fate deigns with outstretched hand to thresh,
Then will it too your Garden till,
That fiendish grist may feed your mill,
And make for us the bread of death,
Whose leavening is atoms’ breath.
On this each night our kin shall dine,
The glutton-brood, our master’s swine.

Epicureanism by Its Friends (Epicurus to Leontion)

From the atoms and void,
may this swerve of affection,
to you be alloyed,
in a moment’s reflection.
The gods have been banished,
Leaving dear friends to treasure,
Soon enough we’ll have vanished,
But for now we have pleasure.Report

Stuart Hay
Stuart Hay
4 years ago

“kant says beauty is a disinterested view.
So let me say baby, im not interested in you”Report

David Wallace
David Wallace
4 years ago

I love some simples arranged you-wise.Report

David Wallace
David Wallace
4 years ago

Roses are red
Lilies are pallid
Your love for me is not
Statistically validReport

Alan White
Alan White
4 years ago

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
But first let me count half of the ways.
But before that let me count one-quarter of the ways.
But before that let me count one-eighth of the ways.
But. . . .

Zeno of I Love YouReport

David Wallace
David Wallace
4 years ago

That was good for you, how was it for me?

– BehavioristReport

Heath White
Heath White
4 years ago

These are genius.

This is one of very, very few times when I have wished my love interest were a philosopher.Report

Sam Baron
Sam Baron
4 years ago

If roses are red and violets are blue,
then if roses are not red I love you too
(unless LP is true)Report

Joel Walmsley
Joel Walmsley
2 years ago

Skinnerian* Valentine’s Poetry:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I have an increased tendency to aid, favor, be with, and caress and a lowered tendency to injure…
You

*_Science and Human Behavior_ (1953) p.162Report

readsomedennettonce
readsomedennettonce
2 years ago

Dopamine is red,
serotonin is blue.
The qualia of love
is neurochemical.Report