“What good is love?” – Invited public talk, Newcastle Café Philosophique

Abstract

Love can get us into all kinds of trouble—love of power, love of ourselves, love of what’s harmful, not to mention unrequited love and limerence. The ancient Greeks are thought to encourage abandoning love of worldly things because it distracts us from attaining higher knowledge. Yet, in his dialogue, The Symposium, Plato boldly claims that a life without love is not worth living. I will discuss whether love can ever fulfill its promise to make life better, by investigating Plato’s controversial suggestion that it is the emotions–not reason–which ought to be at the heart of moral decision-making.

Hosted by the enthusiastic Newcastle Philosophy Society in the historic literary venue, Morden Tower.

Local media coverage

“Something for the weekend”, The Crack, June/July 2013.