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Georgi Gardiner (University of Tennessee)
Georgi Gardiner (University of Tennessee)

Tue, 25 Oct


Online Lecture

Georgi Gardiner (University of Tennessee)

Georgi Gardiner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at at University of Tennessee. Her research areas include the nature of understanding and explanation, virtue epistemology, epistemic value, social epistemology, legal epistemology, and applied epistemology.


25 Oct 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 CEST

Online Lecture



Abstract. — This session is about self-ascriptions of love. People typically self-ascribe romantic love when a nexus of feelings, beliefs, attitudes, values, commitments, experiences, and personal histories matches their conception of romantic love. But what shapes this conception? And (how) can we adjudicate amongst conflicting conceptions? Self-ascriptions of love do not merely describe the underlying nexus of attitudes and beliefs. They also change it. This essay describes how conceptions of love affect romantic experience. I examine distinctions between love and obsessive infatuation and explore ways language can cultivate queer romantic preferences. Since conceptions of love are shaped, often implicitly, by terms available in one’s linguistic community, the resulting nexus of concepts and conceptions manifests linguistic luck. I suggest ways we might sculpt the language of love to better understand—and change—ourselves. That is, I explore how to engineer emotions through language. Love can help us flourish and so can our “love” language.

  • Zoom meeting ID: 614 8076 0079
  • Zoom passcode: CEN22

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