Debates & Talks: A Tale of Love and Hate

Robert Rowland Smith, Renata Salecl, Rowan Williams. Michael Crick hosts.

We think love an indisputable force for good. Yet from Jihadi John to Anders Breivik, extremists often cite love of creed or country to justify atrocity. Might love of a person or group also be the origin of prejudice and hatred towards others? Are love and hatred forever entwined as Freud suggested? Or can we imagine a society built on love and free from tribalism?

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, sociologist and author of Perversions of Love and Hate Renata Salecl and philosopher Robert Rowland Smith debate the dark side of love.