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Luke Brunning
University of Birmingham
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Oxford University
  1. The Distinctiveness of Polyamory.Luke Brunning - 2018 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (3):513-531.
    Polyamory is a form of consensual non-monogamy. To render it palatable to critics, activists and theorists often accentuate its similarity to monogamy. I argue that this strategy conceals the distinctive character of polyamorous intimacy. A more discriminating account of polyamory helps me answer objections to the lifestyle whilst noting some of its unique pitfalls. I define polyamory, and explain why people pursue this lifestyle. Many think polyamory is an inferior form of intimacy; I describe four of their main objections. I (...)
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    How Complex is Your Love? The Case of Romantic Compromises and Polyamory.Aaron Ben-Ze’ev & Luke Brunning - 2018 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 48 (1):98-116.
    This article highlights a somewhat neglected aspect of love : their complexity. We suggest distinguishing between three major related types of emotional complexity: emotional diversity, emotional ambivalence, and emotional behavior. The notion of emotional complexity has far-reaching implications for understanding emotions and our wellbeing. This is illustrated by examining the notion of emotional complexity in two common yet complex phenomena in the romantic realm: romantic compromises and polyamory.
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    Reconsidering the Soteriological Significance of Śūnyavāda.Luke Brunning - 2014 - Contemporary Buddhism (2):1-15.
    The doctrine of emptiness (śūnyavāda) is of significant soteriological importance for the Madhyamaka Buddhism. Therefore it is a reasonable prima facie demand that interpretations of emptiness must accord with this fact. This hermeneutic consideration has been taken to present particular problems for Mark Siderits' semantic interpretation of śūnyavāda. This paper examines Siderits' attempted reconciliation of his semantic interpretation of śūnyavāda with its purported soteriological aspects. I question whether Siderits can successfully respond to these problems in order to adequately incorporate the (...)
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    Asexuality.Luke Brunning & Natasha McKeever - 2021 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 38 (3):497-517.
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    Compersion: An Alternative to Jealousy?Luke Brunning - 2020 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 6 (2):225-245.
    Compersion is an important concept for non-monogamous people. Often described as jealousy's opposite, compersion labels positive feelings toward the intimacy of a beloved with other people. Since many people think jealousy is ordinary, intransigent, and even appropriate, compersion can seem psychologically and ethically dubious. I make the case for compersion, arguing it focuses on the flourishing of others and is thus not akin to pride, vicarious enjoyment, or masochistic pleasure. People cultivate compersion by softening their propensity to be jealous and (...)
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  6. From Enlightenment to Receptivity: Rethinking Our ValuesBy Michael Slote.Luke Brunning - 2013 - Analysis 73 (4):816-818.
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    Jealousy: A Forbidden Passion By Giulia Sissa Polity Press, 2017, Pp. 200, £17.99 ISBN-10: 1509511857.Luke Brunning - 2018 - Philosophy 93 (3):459-464.
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    Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality, Written by Lisa Tessman.Luke Brunning - 2020 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 17 (4):449-452.
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    The Avoidance Approach to Plural Value.Luke Brunning - 2019 - Theoria 66 (160):53-70.
    Value monists and value pluralists disagree deeply. Pluralists want to explain why moral life feels frustrating; monists want clear action guidance. If pluralism is true, our actions may be unable to honour irredeemably clashing values. This possibility could prompt pessimism, but the ‘avoidance approach’ to pluralism holds that although values may conflict inherently, we can take pre-emptive action to avoid situations where they would conflict in practice, rather like a child pirouetting to avoid the cracks on a pavement. Sadly, this (...)
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    The View From Here: On Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of Regret by R. Jay Wallace.Luke Brunning - 2014 - Analysis 74 (1):188-191.
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    Oppression, Forgiveness, and Ceasing to Blame.Per-Erik Milam & Luke Brunning - 2018 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 14 (2).
    Wrongdoing is inescapable. We all do wrong and are wronged; and in response we often blame one another. But if blame is a defining feature of our social lives, so is ceasing to blame. We might excuse, justify, or forgive an offender; or simply let the offence go. Each mode of ceasing to blame is a social practice and each has characteristic norms that influence when and how we do it, as well as how it’s received. We argue that how (...)
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