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Love & Respect

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September 24, 2018

Moral attitudes and practices of recognition presented Sept. 20.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5 pm in Humanities 314 the UMD Philosophy Colloquium Series welcomes Dr. Erica Stonestreet of College of St. Benedicts and St. John's University. She will present her paper: Love and Respect - Attitudes and Practices of Recognition

Contemporary moral discourse often centers on taking action, overlooking an important step in moral thinking: recognizing others as having moral status, i.e., as persons. In this paper I concentrate on this step, arguing that respect and love are both indispensable modes of moral recognition. In slogan form, respect recognizes someone as a person, and love recognizes them as the person they are. Both modes are morally important. Making this case motivates a distinction between the attitudes themselves and the practices they give rise to. I propose that this distinction clarifies gaps on the map of moral discourse and suggests areas for further development in both the “ethics of justice” and the “ethics of care:” we ought to attend more to the attitude of justice, and to the practice of love.

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