The second Antwerp summer school in philosophy and society, which will take place from Monday, August 21nd to Wednesday, August 30th 2017, addresses the topic of love as a matter of rights and duties.
Love and morality connect and conflict in various ways. On the one hand, both are manifestations of the deeply social nature of human beings, and in many traditions moral wisdom is interpreted in terms of love for humanity. On the other hand, love flourishes above all within a personal and intimate relationship, while morality is essentially impartial and therefore often thought of as impersonal. Philosophers are therefore divided over the question whether the loving standpoint and the moral standpoint are compatible. During the summer school we will seek a better understanding of the problem by addressing at least the following questions:
Is it possible to wrong someone by not loving him or her?
Can there be a duty to love?
Are moral attitudes different in nature from loving attitudes?
How does love relate to moral norms?