Eighteenth Annual NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: Love and Friendship

November 10, 2023 - November 11, 2023
Department of Philosophy, New York University

New York
United States

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Friday, November 10

9:30–9:55        Check–in and Coffee

9:55                 Welcome

10:00–12:00    Adam Smith

Speaker: Ryan Patrick Hanley (Boston College)

“Adam Smith on Social Progress and the Evolution of Love”

Commentator: Samuel Fleischacker (University of Illinois Chicago)

12:00–2:00      Lunch Break

2:00–4:00        Immanuel Kant

Speaker: Marcia Baron (Indiana University Bloomington)

“Reflections on Kant on Friendship”

Commentator: Kyla Ebels–Duggan (Northwestern University)

4:00–4:30        Coffee Break

4:30–6:00        German Romanticism

Speaker: Frederick Beiser (Syracuse University)

“The Romantic Conception of Love”

Commentator: Owen Ware (University of Toronto) 

6:30–7:30        Reception

Saturday, November 11

9:30–10:00      Check–in and Coffee

10:00–12:00    Friedrich Nietzsche

Speaker: Andrew Huddleston (University of Warwick)

"What Is This Thing Called Amor Fati?"

Commentator: Claire Kirwin (Northwestern University)

12:00–2:00      Lunch Break

2:00–4:00        Simone de Beauvoir

Speaker: Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)

“Beauvoir on Friendship and Devotion”

Commentator: Susan J. Brison (Dartmouth College)

4:00–4:30        Coffee Break

4:30–6:30        Contemporary

Speaker: Simon May (King’s College London)

"In What Way Have We Got Love Wrong Today?"

Commentator: Alexander Nehamas (Princeton University) 

6:30–7:30        Reception

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