Philosophy, Religion, and Love

May 11, 2024 - May 12, 2024
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

United States

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*UPDATED April 23rd*

The Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (3PR) will host a conference on May 11-12 on "Philosophy, Religion, and Love," co-sponsored by the Princeton Department of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values.

This conference was organized prior to the passing away of Robert Merrihew Adams on April 16, but we now dedicate it to his memory, given his groundbreaking work on the conference themes as well as in many other areas of philosophy. Bob was a beloved colleague and teacher of several of the conference organizers and participants, and we are all indebted to his life and work.

The schedule for the conference is below. All talks will be held in Robertson Hall, Bowl 002. Please note that there will be a pause in the conference programming on Saturday afternoon to allow participants to attend the memorial service for Robert Adams at the Princeton Seminary Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Attendance is free and open to all who register by emailing [email protected].

All talks will be held in Robertson Hall, Bowl 002.

Saturday 5/11           

breakfast catered onsite for all participants starting at 8:30am                   

9:00-10:00      Quinn White (Harvard), “Love First”

10:15-11:15    Fannie Bialek (WUSTL), “Wanting without Knowing: Lysias and the Fear of Vulnerability in Love”

11:30-12:30    Austen McDougal (Princeton), “Love Paid Forward”

lunch catered onsite for all participants       

14:00-16:00    Memorial service for Robert Adams at the Princeton Seminary Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary

16:15-17:15    Michael Au-Mullaney (Fordham), “K.E. Løgstrup’s Sovereign Expressions of Life: Neighbor-Love and The Affirmation of Interdependence”

17:30-18:30    Ryan Preston-Roedder (Occidental), “Rebellion”

dinner for program participants


Sunday 5/12              

breakfast catered onsite for all participants starting at 8:30am                   

9:00-10:00      Eric Gregory (Princeton) and Enoch Kuo (Princeton), “F.D.E. Schleiermacher on Charity”

10:15-11:15    Jordan Walters (McGill), “Naïve Humanism”

11:30-12:30    Aliza Ashraf (Queens College, CUNY), “Combating Akrasia in Love: Revisiting Spinoza's Intellectual Love of God”

lunch catered onsite for all participants       

14:00-15:00    Jada Twedt Strabbing (Wayne State) and Terence Cuneo (Vermont), “Techniques of the Soul: Iris Murdoch and the Case of Prayer”

15:15-16:15    Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern), “ ‘The Extremely Difficult Realization that Something Other than One’s Self is Real’: Murdoch on Love and Morality”

16:30-17:30 Timothy Jackson (Emory/Princeton), “Kierkegaard on God, Paradox, and Love”

no sponsored dinner plans - informal gathering likely for post-conference dinner/drinks

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