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Public Lecture: Luc Bovens

January 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways”

Luc Bovens

A core challenge in the Philosophy of Love is to account for love’s constancy: True love is not subject to trading up and it persists in the face of change—at least within reason. In the words of Shakespeare, “Love is not Love/ Which alters when it alteration finds.” Over the ages, different models of love have been proffered by philosophers, poets, and religious thinkers. These models can be captured in a simple taxonomy: Some models ground love in features of the beloved and some do not; Some are reflectively endorsable and some are not. The models in the taxonomy meet with variable success in trying to account for love’s constancy.

Luc Bovens is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During the Fall of 2016 he was a  research fellow in the Hope and Optimism Project in Cornell University. He works on various topics of moral psychology (e.g., believing at will, preference change, moral luck, weakness of the will, hope, death, apologies and forgiveness, and autonomy), on issues in public policy addressed using behavioral science, and a number of topics in bioethics. He is developing a web site for teaching ethics in high school through short stories in world literature.

Pizza will be served.



January 12, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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