Can ‘Love’ Help Overcome the Distance Between us?

Free Public Lecture

Can ‘Love’ Help Overcome the Distance Between us?

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
Old Arts
Professor's Walk


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T: 8344 0472

If we accept that the distance between individuals is irreducible, how can we best imagine a moral society? In this lecture Professor Nigel Rapport will argue for one in which we move beyond indifference, stereotypes and identity politics to recognise human beings as individuals through understanding ‘love’ as a public virtue. Such a ‘loving recognition’ has the potential to acknowledge the other as individual – as different, but no less deserving of being accorded a place in the world. Informed by anthropology, art, literature, philosophy and psychology, this lecture will explore the role ‘love’ could play in affecting social integration on a global scale.

“We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love … can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.” – Orson Welles


  • Professor Nigel Rapport
    Professor Nigel Rapport, Chair in Anthropological and Philosophical Studies