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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT10
Start Date 22nd Feb 2010 4:30pm
End Date 22nd Feb 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Angelika Krebs (University of Basel) 'Dialogical Love' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Love, says Martin Buber, is not about each partner having the other as his or her object, love is between the partners. It is dialogical. Lovers share what is important in their emotional and practical lives. The talk begins to give some substance to this idea by studying a literary example, Isabel Archerís quest for dialogical love in Henry Jamesí novel The Portrait of a Lady. The talk then analyzes the notions of shared action and of shared feeling, drawing on three main sources: phenomenological studies on joint feeling from the beginning of the last century (especially Max Schelerís distinction between four forms of sympathy), the contemporary analytical debate on joint action, and the contemporary philosophy of emotion (especially Martha Nussbaumís cognitivism). The main contention of the talk is that the dialogical model of love is superior to the various monological models which are main-stream in philosophy today. Neither Harry Frankfurtís care model nor Martha Nussbaumís radiance model get to the heart of what love between two adults can be.

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