PWNP Talk: "The Rationality of Desire: In Defense of Platonism"

Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
301 Marx Hall

Abstract:  The Aristotelian account of the relationships between desire, reason, and happiness or the well-lived life is highly attractive. My first aim will be to work through some worries about the part of the account concerning ethical reflection and desire in order to refine it. My further aim will be to show that even this version cannot fully explain the rationality that desires and emotions have, as the case of loving relationships makes vivid. Insofar as we see this case as central, I argue, we should take seriously the Platonist alternative for thinking about value and its manifestations in our lives.