Lara Buchak

Lara Buchak

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute

Christian Love vs Friendship:

How to Treat Ourselves and Others

What does it mean to love? How is the Christian commandment to love one’s neighbor di.ferent from loving one’s friends or partner? What does love require one to believe, do, and hope for? We will read selections from Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, and the discussions will emphasize practical wisdom, that is, how we should live our lives. A free copy of the book will be provided all participating students from Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s.  For more information, please contact

Dates: Thursdays on 2.15, 2.22, 3.1, 3.8
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Reading schedule:

2/15: Who should I love?  – “You Shall Love the Neighbor,” pp. 58-72.

2/22: How should I love? – “You Shall Love the Neighbor,” pp. 73-98.

3/1: Why is love good? – “Love Builds Up,” pp. 199-212

3/8: What should I believe about people I love? – “Love Believes All Things–And Yet is Never Deceived,” pp. 213-230

All readings from Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love. Trans. Howard and Edna Hong. New York: Harper, 2009.