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CPP Colloquium: Love and Morality

  • Katrien Schaubroeck
Thursday 3 December 2015
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

The Centre for Political Philosophy (CPP) at Leiden University is pleased to announce that the next Colloquium will welcome Katrien Schaubroeck(University of Antwerp), presenting a paper on

Love and Morality


There is a general consensus in contemporary analytic moral philosophy that somehow love and morality are in tension. Love is thought to imply a form of partiality that is incompatible with the moral standpoint. I believe this consensus has blinded moral philosophers to the many ways in which love and morality are connected. In particular I defend the claim that love is essential for the production of moral knowledge. I argue for this claim on the basis of 1. conceptual analysis and 2. developmental psychology. I conclude with the suggestion that the idea of love as a source of moral knowledge fuels a particular reading of care-ethics, different from f.e. care-ethics as defended by Michael Slote.

About Katrien Schaubroeck

Katrien Schaubroeck is a tenure track lecturer at the University of Antwerp. She holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Leuven (2008). In her PhD-thesis she defends Harry Frankfurt’s notion of care as a source of practical reasons. After a post-doc in Leuven (2008-2011) she joined the interdisciplinary project What Can the Humanities Contribute to Our Practical Self-Understanding? (Utrecht 2011-2013) before going to Antwerp. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of meta-ethics and moral psychology. Currently she works on a series of articles on reasons for and reasons of love, of which "Loving the loveable" was published in Christian Maurer, Tony Milligan and Kamila Pacovská (eds.) The Objects of Love, Palgrave Macmillan 2014. She is the author of The Normativity of What We Care About. A Love-based Reason Theory, Leuven University Press 2013, and the co-editor (together with Esther Kroeker) of Love, Reason and Morality, forthcoming with Routledge (2016).

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