[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on 'Virtues and Vices of Attachment' by Edward Harcourt - 29 January, 5.30 PM

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Jan 23 09:10:19 CET 2013

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Edward Harcourt (Oxford University) 
'Virtues and Vices of Attachment'
Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
Is love a response to rational autonomy (Velleman), or nothing to do
with reason (Frankfurt)? This paper aims to do justice to both outlooks
by offering a philosophical interpretation of attachment theory. The
concept of love is argued to coincide roughly with that of attachment -
a bond to another person for its own sake - and as such not a response
to any particular properties (the Frankfurtian insight). However,
attachments are to be seen as an Aristotelian ‘field’ divided into
normative subspaces (secure and the various kinds of insecure
attachment; compare the Aristotelian virtues and vices). It is thus a
kind of bond that – as in secure attachment - is made good to the extent
that intimacy is combined with the due acknowledgment of one’s own and
the other’s autonomy (the Vellemanian insight). The paper also thereby
shows why the concept of love is unified across parental, filial and
‘romantic’ subvarieties.

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