Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Love and Other Drugs

Monday, January 28, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Members FREE; Non-members $5

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary ( and Massimo Pigliucci ( It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: Love and Other Drugs

Imagine if there really was a "Love Potion Number 9", or a breakup pill to ameliorate the pain of being dumped. Would you take it? Should you? If so, under what circumstances? And for how long? We’re already medicalizing sexual desire with Viagra and, more recently, the female version Flibanserin – which might help with physical issues, but are they just bandaid solutions for relationship problems? After all, drugs can’t solve moral problems in living. At this Philosophy Cafe, we'll be talking about the medicalization of love and the ethics of biochemical antidotes and stimulants.

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Meeting dates subject to change.