Professor David Braddon-Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney. His work focuses on the Philosophy of the Mind and metaphysics, and sometimes touches on philosophies of science, biology, ethics and politics. David has written articles in leading journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, Nous, Mind, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. David is the co-author of the 2007 book The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition.
David will be taking part in the following event:
Curiosity Lecture Series: On Love
Saturday 24th May
Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Many people, philosophers and others, have thought that somehow our strongest passions, the things and people we love, need somehow to be constrained by reason. In some cases, the idea is that reason is the enemy of passion. Ever since David Hume there are philosophers who have said this goes the other way around. Reason can only be a slave to passion: it helps us get what we want, but what we want comes first. I’m one of these philosophers. But we face a problem. Surely not every whim is as important as any other. Something must constrain our passions, even if it isn’t reason. Today I’ll say that it’s something like love. It’s love that tells us what is a whim and what isn’t. But what is love and how do we find out what we love?
For more information on the event click here