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Workshop: The Moral Psychology of Admiration

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Munich Center for Ethics

Organizers: Alfred Archer (Tilburg) & André Grahle (LMU Munich)

Registration is free. Please email andre.grahle@lmu.de

Experiencing admiration for those who perform extraordinary acts is a natural part of everyday life. We feel admiration for heroes and saints, sports and film stars, as well as those close to us who excel in a more modest way. But what is the nature of admiration and what role does this emotion play in our lives? Despite the recent surge in philosophical interest in appraising emotions such as shame, guilt and anger, admiration has received little attention from contemporary philosophers. This stands in stark contrast to the increasing number of psychologists who are investigating admiration. This twoday workshop provides a platform for an interdisciplinary, though predominantly philosophical exploration of the moral psychology admiration. Its aim is to shed light on the nature of admiration, how it relates to other emotions such as wonder, envy and pride and what role admiration plays in our ethical lives. As to the latter, many of the talks critically examine the alleged link between admiration, emulation, and the improvement of our characters, as well as of society as a whole.