10 philosophers with complex views on love

Philosophers aren't known for their love lives, but a few have managed to be tragic romantics anyway.

Philosophers aren't particularly renowned for having successful love lives, but some have become hopeless romantics — and others misanthropes. Here we have 10 philosophers who have written on or been heavily influenced by love in both their work and their personal lives.

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The theory of evolution: another reason to be an existentialist?

Some philosophers have tried to base morality on human nature, but what does biology say about that?

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In his 1945 public lecture 'Existentialism is a Humanism'  Jean-Paul Sartre made a bold claim: for human beings, existence precedes essence.  We exist, then we choose how to be. This is as opposed to a chair, for example, which is designed to fit a particular purpose and then brought into existence to fulfill that purpose. The chair has an essence that precedes it; it has a "chair nature" that it is created to conform to.

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The Serious Philosophy behind Louis C.K.'s Comedy

The “Philosopher-King” of comedy is Louis C.K. You may know his work, but you might not realize there is some serious philosophy behind some of the best jokes.

Louis C.K. arrives at the premiere party for FX's 'Wilfred' and 'Louie' on June 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images)

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