THIS IS A PAST EVENT.
Note: this event has been rescheduled for September 2020.
The department welcomes Meghan Sullivan, Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, of the University of Notre Dame. She will speak on "The Love Imperative: A Defense." We naturally think of love as discriminatory -- you love your partner more than strangers, your friends more than your adversaries. Universal love, if we can even understand it, seems only like an option for saints or hippies...not a realistic ethical framework for most of us and not a normative ideal to evaluate our preferences against. I think this partiality assumption is unmotivated, and we should take more seriously the view that we ought (morally, rationally) to love everyone with dignity. In this paper, I'll develop a secular case for the Love Imperative based on a long-standing arbitrariness problem for our preferences over people. I will defend it from some difficult objections, indicate how it stands as a viable alternative to other prominent normative accounts of love and friendship, and discuss the practical consequences of adopting the imperative.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:00pm
Tribble Hall, B316
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106