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Lezing, ”Tweede Spinozalezing, Two unlikely bedfellows: Kant and Freud on Morality”
9 June 2017 @ 20:15 - 22:00| Free
Béatrice Longuenesse holds the Spinoza Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities in the second term of the academic year 2016-2017 and will be delivering the accompanying two Spinoza Lectures on ‘The first person in Cognition and Morality’.
Longuenesse’s second Spinoza Lecture is entitled ‘Two unlikely bedfellows: Kant and Freud on Morality’
It is hard to think of two conceptions of morality further apart than those of Kant and Freud. Kant took our moral attitudes to be the highest expression of our capacity to guide our actions by reason. Freud took our moral attitudes to originate in our deepest, earliest emotional bond, the bond we have as helpless infants to the adult figures we experience as nurturing, protecting, or threatening. Nevertheless, both took morality to be deeply connected to our capacity to think and act, as we would say, “in the first person.” In exploring those two seemingly opposed conceptions of morality, the lecture will explore how emotions and reason converge, or as the case may be, diverge in determining our moral attitudes and our capacity to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions.
On Thursday 11 May, Béatrice Longuenesse held the first Spinoza Lecture entitled Perplexing ‘I’
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