I have kindly been invited to give the Løgstrup lecture at Aarhus this year, which is a great honour. See further details here
I will giving a paper at the centenary conference of the Iris Murdoch Society in Oxford, 13-15 July, St Anne’s College. Mark Hopwood and I have organised a panel discussing Løgstrup’s relation to Murdoch. My paper is entitled:
‘Eros, Axioms, Duty, and the Void: A Comparison Between the Structure of Murdoch’s Ethics, and Løgstrup’s’
I will be giving a seminar on my Løgstrup book in Toronto, on 20th September, 9.00-12.00, see details here:
I was one of the guests on a BBC In Our Time programme today, on the subject of hope. Løgstrup is mentioned very briefly at the end, though not by me! It would have been nice to bring him in more, of course, as his views on hope are very interesting – but it seemed best to stick to more main-stream figures of the purposes of this programme…
I gave a paper at a conference at the University of Southampton on ‘How much does Morality Require of Us? Singer, Kant and Løgstrup’. I suggested that Løgstrup might provide an ideal middle way between Singer (who looks too demanding regarding the distant other) and Kant (who looks too undemanding regarding the proximate other), while Løgstrup’s distinction between the responsibility of the ethical demand, and our political responsibilities to others, may show what is wrong with Singer’s famous analogy between the child drowning in the pond, and those distant others who are in need, but less clearly ‘in one’s hands’.
Back from three weeks teaching Løgstrup at Tsinghua University in China, with Bjørn Rabjerg. It was a great experience.
Bjørn and I also got to work on our new translation of The Ethical Demand. The photo is us working on the translation in the wonderful gardens of the Summer Palace in Beijing.
From March 24th to April 14th, I will be in China with Bjørn Rabjerg, where we will be lecturing on Løgstrup at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Looking forward to the trip!
Partly inspired by my interest in Løgstrup, I have recently been successful in securing funding for a project on ‘Luther as Philosopher’, which will involve colleagues in York and Leeds. See details here