Philosophy TV Managing Editors

David Killoren (Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Jonathan Lang (Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Kate Padgett Walsh and Laura Papish

Kate Padgett Walsh and Laura Papish on love and freedom in Frankfurt and Hegel.

Harry Frankfurt defends a view of love of a species of care. In this conversation, Walsh and Papish discuss Frankfurt’s view and compare it to a Hegelian alternative. They begin (1:21) with Walsh’s argument that Frankfurt’s view cannot adequately account for the intersubjective dimensions of love. Next, they discuss whether Frankfurt’s view provides a good account of unrequited love (7:46) and of relationships that involve internalized oppression (11:24). Then they turn to Hegel’s view of love (31:06) and consider whether Hegel can offer an improvement over Frankfurt’s view. Finally, they considering love in the context of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic (43:52).

Related works

by Walsh:
“Distance and Engagement: Hegel’s Account of Critical Reflection” (2012)
“Reasons Internalism, Hegelian Resources” (2010)

by Papish:
“Kant on the Independence of the Moral Law from Sensibility” (2015)
“The Cultivation of Sensibility in Kant’s Moral Philosophy” (2007)