Two talks

I am giving a couple of talks in the next few weeks which might be of interest, both with relations to Løgstrup:

‘Too Demanding? How Much Does Morality Require of Us?’

Oxford Brookes Philosophy Public Lecture, Wednesday 24th January, 19.30- 21.00, Blackwell’s Bookshop. Details here


This paper considers our obligations to others, and thus how much morality asks of us. Peter Singer has famously argued that just as a person ought to help someone whose life is threatened right in front of them, so they are under a similar obligation to help someone starving in another country; but critics have responded that this makes morality overdemanding in various ways. The paper will discuss these issues, using ideas from the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup (1905-1981) to argue that there is an important disanalogy between these two cases, as in the first case the person alone can help, whereas in the second case others can also help instead – and this seems to make a moral difference.

‘K. E. Løgstrup on Education: Between Luther and Levinas’

UCL, Institute of Education, Wednesday 14th February, 17.30-19.15, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL. Details here


This paper considers some of the ideas on education put forward by the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup (1905-81). Løgstrup’s ethics has sometimes been compared to that of Levinas, in his emphasis on our interdependence, and the distinctive nature of our ethical encounters with others. Løgstrup was also a Lutheran, working within that tradition. Alongside his general philosophy, Løgstrup wrote several pieces on education which have had some influence in Denmark. This paper will put Løgstrup’s ideas on education in context, and show how in comparing him to Levinas, his Lutheran background should not be overlooked.


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