Research

Papers

(Under Review)

What love is like is an indisputable part of love, and yet the phenomenology of love has received surprisingly little attention in the field. In this paper, I propose we start using love’s phenomenology as a test of the explanatory power of our current best views on love: as they are, can they account for this forgotten feature? As the first application of this procedure, I analyze a group of views I call relationship-directed attitude views. These argue that love is—at least partially—constituted by an attitude toward a relationship (such as judging it to be valuable). I argue, however, that the phenomenology of love can’t be successfully explained in terms of any relationship-directed attitude. This should prompt philosophers of love to think not only about the plausibility of describing love in relational terms, but also about what else a serious consideration of love’s phenomenology might reveal.


Book Reviews

Review of The Moral Psychology of Love, eds. Arina Pismenny and Berit Brogard, Philosophical Psychology (Forthcoming)

Review of Virtue and Emotion by Gopal Sreenivasan, Journal of Moral Philosophy (Forthcoming)


Public Philosophy

Love transcends the self, Institute of Art and Ideas (May 19, 2022)
Why it can be sublime to love someone who doesn't love you back”, Aeon+Psyche (Feb. 9, 2022)


Blog Posts

"Embracing emotion: the philosophy PhD and BPD" Voices of Academia (Feb. 11, 2022)
https://voicesofacademia.com/2022/02/10/embracing-emotion-the-philosophy-phd-and-bpd-by-alexandra-gustafson/

The Mental Health & Disability CaucusBlog of the APA (Aug. 5, 2021)
https://blog.apaonline.org/2021/08/05/mental-health-disability-caucus-community-support-through-collaborative-action/


Podcasts, Recordings, Radio

The phenomenology of love”, The Philosopher’s Zone, ABC Radio (June 5, 2022)

Alexandra Gustafson on Love, Public Philosophy, and Disabilities in Academia”, The Philosopher’s Nest (May 9, 2022)

"What is love?" Distilled Research, (Feb. 21, 2022)

"Why it can be sublime to love someone who doesn't love you back", Curio (Feb. 12, 2022)


Talks

Refereed

"The Forgotten Phenomenology of Love"
Canadian Philosophical Association
(CPA) annual conference, May 17-20, 2022

“The Mental Health & Disability Caucus”
American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division meeting, February 25, 2022

“‘Love Alters Not’: A Study of Unrequited Love”
Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA) annual conference, June 1-4, 2019

“‘Love Alters Not’: A Study of Unrequited Love”
Emotion Workshop, City University of New York (CUNY), May 3, 2019

“Edgington’s DW & HW Counterfactual Conditionals”
MCMP Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Aug. 5, 2017


Invited

"The Forgotten Phenomenology of Love"
Association of Philosophy Students, University of Toronto, Scarborough, March 24, 2022

“We Should Embrace Unrequited Love”
Symposium on Love, University of Toronto, Feb. 11, 2022

“The Phenomenology of Love”
Philosophy Roundtable, The College of Wooster, Sep. 17, 2020

“‘Love Alters Not’: A Study of Unrequited Love”
Philosophy Roundtable,
The College of Wooster, April 5, 2018

Comments

Comments on Eskil Elling’s “Montaigne and the Problem of Skeptical Subjectivity”
The Department of Philosophy’s Graduate Research Weekend, University of Toronto, Nov. 16, 2019

Comments on Robert Stern’s “The Radical Demand in Løgstrup’s Ethics
The Department of Philosophy’s Robert Stern workshop, University of Toronto, Sep. 20, 2019

Comments on Geoffrey Weiss’s “Filling in the Gaps in Fricker’s Relativism of Blame Thesis”
Centre for Ethics (C4E) Graduate Conference, University of Toronto, May 4, 2019

Comments on Julie Kirsch’s “Misinterpreting our Memories and Emotions”
The Department of Philosophy’s Graduate Research Weekend, University of Toronto, Mar. 23, 2019

Guest Lectures

“Velleman and Kolodny on Love"
Guest lecture for PHL334H1 F: Philosophy of Emotions,
University of Toronto, Oct. 31, 2019