[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 18th of October: Sam Shpall (USYD)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Fri Oct 14 12:27:59 AEDT 2016

Is Love Rational?

Sam Shpall (USYD)

Date: Tuesday, 18th of October
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 107, Macquarie University

ABSTRACT: The first aim of this talk is to more precisely conceptualise debates about the rational status of love. I discuss whether love is an emotion, a question about love's possible objects, and some general features of rational justifiability whose import here is sometimes ignored. I also provide a deflationary hypothesis about the roots of the dispute. The second aim is to support a version of the view that love is subject to rational evaluation. I discuss an objection based on "trading up" to new loves, as well as a worry about strange cases involving perfect duplicates of our beloveds. Time permitting, I complain that my childlessness puts me at an epistemic disadvantage, and frame some questions about illusions and love pills.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

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Adam Hochman
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Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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