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The 11th "Philosophy and Curiosity" lunch talk


On December 11, the 11th "Philosophy and Curiosity" lunch talk was held at the Department of Philosophy. The speaker was the newly appointed assistant professor Julius Schönherr. The theme of his talk was “Love, Death, Grief”.


Recent years have seen a surge in philosophical work on the rationality of grief. Much of this research is premised on the idea that people tend to grieve much less than would be rational. In his talk, Dr. Julius Schönherr argued that the popular analysis of this rational deficiency in terms of “fittingness” is mistaken. Dr. Schönherr argued that this putative discrepancy between actual and fitting grief disappears once we understand that grief become unfitting after our love for the deceased attenuates.