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Sam Shpall (Sydney): Against Romanticism

Date and time

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00


Coombs Seminar Room A

Romantic views hold that love is an outlier in moral psychology because of its immunisation from rational norms. Such views are historically robust, practically important, and philosophically mysterious. I claim that three main sources of romantic views are (i) an appeal to love’s “blindness,” (ii) a pair of arguments about old and new love, and (iii) a thesis connecting love and emotion. I argue that all three motivations are subject to underappreciated critiques.

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