2017-18 Lecture Series: Love and Hate

(If you are looking for programs from previous years’ series, you can find them here.)

Fall 2017 marks the third and final year in a three-year exploration of the theological virtues and their opposites: faith and doubt, hope and despair, love and hate. These virtues have important resonances in classical philosophy and throughout the Western tradition of philosophical and religious reflection about what it means to live a good life. This is true of faith and hope, and is even more true of love. Aristotle said that no one would choose to live without friendship. Would anyone choose to live without love? What is love? How does it develop? How is it related to happiness? How is it related to hate? These questions, and others like them, lie at the heart of religious reflection in many different traditions. This series will explore the possibility of an answer.

“Autonomy and Love in Christian Ethics”

Robert Merrihew Adams, Visiting Professor, Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Religion

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Bhakti and Accidental Grace: Hate as Love in the Hindu Tradition”

Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School

Wednesday, October 4, 2017  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Locating Love in Islamic Studies”

Marion Holmes Katz, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“Making Lovers: Emmanuel Levinas and Iris Murdoch on Moral Formation”

Stephen Bush, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University

Wednesday, November 1, 2017  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“The Happiness of Promise: Alexander Nehamas on Love and Care”

Anna F. Bialek, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325

“How to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’: Lessons from Hegel on Conflict and Reconciliation”

Molly Farneth, Assistant Professor of Religion, Haverford College

Wednesday, December 6, 2017  5 p.m.

Boston University School of Theology
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 325