The medicalization of love – Brian Earp

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The medicalization of love – Brian Earp

12th September 2017

Melbourne, Australia


The medicalization of love: why scientists should study the effects of pharmaceuticals on human (romantic) relationships – Brian Earp

Lecture Theatre S12, 16 Rainforest Walk, Monash University

Is the use of biochemical substances to enhance salvageable (or already good) relationships, or to end bad relationships,  justifiable? If so, in which cases? What are the wider social consequences that the “medicalization of love” might bring about?

In this talk, Brian will address some of the major worries one might have about a society that allows love and loving relationships to enter into the domain of medicine. The timing for this conversation is urgent: there are already a number of commonly-used drugs (prescribed for other purposes) that are undoubtedly having effects on our relationships.

Brian Earp 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. His work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics.