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17:30 - 19:15 9 December 2015

J. M. Coetzee, moral philosophy and eros


Room 828 | Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Eileen John, Warwick University

This paper will consider how Coetzee’s work brings eros into view, as a factor in moral inquiry and living that does not have an easy relation to moral reasons. What would it mean to take eros seriously as a crucial ‘player’ in moral understanding and progress? This will involve brief discussion of two philosophers who have an interesting presence in Coetzee’s work, Plato and Thomas Nagel. The early Dusklands and the later work Summertime will be taken as jumping-off points, but many of Coetzee’s works are relevant and could be brought into the conversation.


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