This course will cover a variety of aspects of close personal relationships, from relationships between family members, to friendship, love, and our interactions with non-human animals. Some of the questions that we are going to discuss are: How are family relationships different from close friendships? What is a family? What is the nature of commitment, and how is commitment in relationships within families different from commitment in relationships outside of families? Can there be commitment between more than two romantic partners? Is fidelity a necessary component of commitment between romantic partners? Which are the rights and obligations in relation to children, who has them, how are they acquired, and what is their extent? Are parents entitled to control access to their children and the types of relationships that their children can form and maintain (for example, with their genetic parents, grandparents, other caretakers, or friends)? What does commitment for children imply for relationships between parents? What types of personal relationships are encouraged in our societies and for what reasons? Are there types of human interactions (such as committed exclusive romantic relationships between two adults) that are more desirable, valuable, or central to adult life than others (such as friendship)? How should we interact with non-human animals?