Love Is…

Simon May,

Chair: Lisa Appignanesi

02/03/2019 7:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

Love rules our lives. Philosopher Simon May, in a radically new theory of love, examines its real aim. For all its wild unpredictability, why is love so pertinacious? Indeed why do we love at all? Clinical psychologist Frank Tallis takes a look at the darker side of love – obsession – demonstrating that ultimately love dissolves the divide between what we judge to be normal and abnormal. Simon and Frank, in conversation with cultural commentator Lisa Appignanesi, discussed both the ugly and sublime aspects of love.

Simon May


Simon May is visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London. His books include Love: A History (2011), Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion (2019), The Power of Cute (2019), a collection of his own aphorisms entitled Thinking Aloud (2009), and Nietzsche’s Ethics and his War on “Morality” (2002). He has written opinion pieces for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, among other newspapers, and his work has been translated into ten languages.

Dr Frank Tallis

Dr Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Deputy Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her works of non-fiction include Freud’s Women (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited The Rushdie File and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.

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