68 – Earp on the Ethics of Love Drugs

Brian Earp

In this episode I talk (again) to Brian Earp. Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Brian has diverse research interests in ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of science. His research has been covered in Nature, Popular Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, New Scientist, and other major outlets. We talk about his latest book, co-authored with Julian Savulescu, on love drugs.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:17 – What is love? (Baby don’t hurt me) What is a love drug?
  • 7:30 – What are the biological underpinnings of love?
  • 10:00 – How constraining is the biological foundation to love?
  • 13:45 – So we’re not natural born monogamists or polyamorists?
  • 17:48 – Examples of actual love drugs
  • 23:32 – MDMA in couples therapy
  • 27:55 – The situational ethics of love drugs
  • 33:25 – The non-specific nature of love drugs
  • 39:00 – The basic case in favour of love drugs
  • 40:48 – The ethics of anti-love drugs
  • 44:00 – The ethics of conversion therapy
  • 48:15 – Individuals vs systemic change
  • 50:20 – Do love drugs undermine autonomy or authenticity?
  • 54:20 – The Vice of In-Principlism
  • 56:30 – The future of love drugs

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