Oberlin College and Conservatory

"Metaphors in Our Lives: 'I Love You for Yourself'"

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center
119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

This year's Jesse Floyd Mack Lecture in the Humanities features Alexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, and professor of philosophy and comparative literature, Princeton University, who will present a lecture entitled, “Metaphors in Our Lives: 'I Love You for Yourself.'"

Lecture abstract:
What distinguishes our friendships from our more common, instrumental relationships?  What does it mean to say that we don’t love our friends for what they can do for us but, instead, “for themselves”?  And why is it so difficult and frustrating to express why we love them when we try to explain it to others—and even to ourselves?  Why are our explanations almost invariably trivial and banal?  Why do we always feel that they leave something, perhaps the most important thing, out?  And what is that mysterious “self,” which we love when we love our friends?  These are the questions this lecture asks and to which it tries to offer some tentative answers. 

Refreshments will be provided following Professor Nehamas' lecture.  

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Academic, Philosophy

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Portrait of Alexander Nehamas

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Martin Thomson-Jones

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