CFP: Philosophy of Love

Submission deadline: September 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University
Tilburg, Netherlands


CFA: Philosophy of Love

Department of Philosophy

Tilburg University

We are pleased to announce our call for abstracts for a workshop on the Philosophy of Love, to

take place at Tilburg University on 13-14 February 2019.

François de La Rochefoucauld writes: “There are some people who would never have fallen in

love if they had not heard others talk about it.” For western philosophers, these “others” are the

ancient Greeks, and the kinds of love that they talked about - eros, philia and agape - still loom

large in philosophical conversations about love today. Would philosophers recognize love if it

escaped the boundaries of these categorizations? What is the relevance of canonical texts on

love today? What can philosophers learn from interdisciplinary and non-western approaches to

the topic?

We are inviting abstracts on these and related questions in any sub-discipline of philosophy.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to): romantic love; love of animals; religious love;

love in the digital age; falling in love; lovesickness; familial love; erotic love; the ethics of love;

love and death/ mourning; the end of love; romantic love; charity/ neighbourly love etc.

This will be a small workshop centered around the discussion of full papers, which will be made

available in advance. Every presenter will receive ample time to share their ideas and connect

them to the larger conference-wide conversation. Confirmed speakers include: Anca Gheaus,

Tony Milligan, Heleen Pott and Katrien Schaubroeck.

Your abstract should be 350-500 words and prepared for blind review. Please submit the

abstract as a PDF document to and include your name, departmental

affiliation, email address and the title of your paper in the body of the email.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 1 September 2019. Successful applicants will be

informed 1 October. Please note that successful applicants will be expected to submit a full draft

of their paper by 15 January 2020.

Papers dealing specifically with the ethics of love will - upon blind review - be considered for a

special issue of the Journal of Ethics (Springer).

Program Committee: Alfred Archer, Wim Dubbink, Martine Prange and Roos Slegers

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