What is love made of?

Psychoanalysis, attachment theory and social cognitive neuroscience

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Instructor: Julie Reshe, PhD

Course Description: Contemporary scientific research refutes Freud's understanding of love and therefore goes against our today’s common intuition and philosophical conceptions of love that are still based on Freudian understanding.

Sex is not what we really want from those whom we are in love with. Our initial biological need is to be taking care of and to take care of others. Lovemaking (even BDSM practises) is just a admixed part of human mutual caregiving.
In this course we will elaborate a new philosophical understanding of love based on the progressive scientific research.
A practical benefit of this course is that it helps to form a more adequate understanding of our own needs, the needs of the others and to generate an in-depth understanding of socio-political reality.

December 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1pm EST (New York Time) Sundays

Schedule and Meeting Times:

1. 3 December, 1 pm EST (New York Time) - 2:30 pm EST (Sunday)

Introductory Class:

The origins of pansexualism

2. 10 December, 1 pm EST (New York Time) - 2:30 pm EST (Sunday)

Love after Plato: Roots of Freud’s theory.

3. 17 December, 1 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST (New York Time) (Sunday)

Freud’s pansexualistic perspective.

4. 24 December, 1 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST (New York Time) (Sunday)

Overcoming pansexualistic perspective:

attachment theory and social cognitive neuroscience

(John Bowlby, Matthew Lieberman)

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive; it's not a MOOC.

You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. For more information check-out our GCAS Currency and Token page. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. You may respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response. This helps create important conversations inside the online classroom. Additionally, you may also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

How to use and join our platform:

We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).

Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. ( > Sign-in > Select your course's Classroom name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505

Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button:

We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.

Your Instructor

Julie Reshe, PhD
Julie Reshe, PhD

Julie Reshe, PhD is Professor of Psychoanalysis and the Director of GCAS Institute of Psychoanalysis. Drawing from philosophy, psychoanalysis, neuroscience and art, her multi-disciplinary approach is focused on issues of cultural posthumanism. Articulating the non-human, the trans-subjective and the modifiable, her critique disputes traditional ways of life. Her research interests include evolution of language and culture, education, childhood studies, gender and sexuality. Reshe publishes regularly in both mainstream magazines and refereed academic journals. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis in Slovenia, where she studied under the supervision of Alenka Zupančič.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a MOOC?
NO! A MOOC is a "massive open online course" that assumes the participant is passive. Our model is different: We teach and meet-up live and offer interactive courses that allow you to meet others and share your ideas freely.
How do I access the live course?
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB). Just logon: Sign in with your name > Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
When does the course start and finish?
Each course starts when scheduled. Check the schedule and be sure to participate in the live session. If you're not available to participate in the live session, that's ok. We'll record the live session and post it for you to engage when you're able.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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