Love potions, they are becoming real. Are we ethically ready?

March 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Advisory, News

On March 27 two leading philosophers will explore in a public debate the ethics of love drugs.

Right now experimental drugs exist that enhance intimacy in couples. These are not sex drugs like Viagra. Rather, if they become licensed, they will become a tool to prevent marital breakdown by neurologically enhancing relationships. They will be the chemical equivalent of a night spent in a darkened cabin lying on a fur rug in front of a fire, sharing secrets with someone of bewitching mystique. It’s intimacy, in pill form and maybe cherry flavour. love-drugs.jpg

The debaters are Professors Arthur Schafer and Neil McArthur. Schafer is the Director of the U of M’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics. His research focuses on bioethics, philosophy of law, and social and political philosophy. McArthur is Associate Director of the U of M’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics. His current teaching and research focuses on philosophy and sexuality, which he blogs about at

What: DEBATE: Love Drugs: An Ethical Way to Achieve Intimacy? A debate on the Neuro-Enhancement of Human Relationships.
When: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013, 12:30 p.m.
Where: University College (202 Dysart Rd.), Concourse Lounge, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus.
Cost: Free

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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