Love of Wisdom Vs. Wisdom of Love

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Comparative Literature, SUNY-Buffalo

Love of Wisdom Vs. Wisdom of Love

3rd Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

*Deadline for Abstract Submission: Feb.1st, 2013
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Insofar as philosophia concerns the "love of wisdom," the possibilities and limits of wisdom and love call into question the possibility of philosophy. As love and wisdom are consciously and unconsciously unified in the philosophers' pursuits of wisdom, could the wisdom of love have been supplemented, mixed or misled by the love of wisdom? Does it make philosophy as the result of philosophia problematic?

Fundamentally, this questions how philosophical wisdom negotiates the principles of rationality, sexuality, personality, relationality, pleasure, life stage, and the personal life process as a whole or temporality. Especially, feminist concerns, for example, women as agents instead of sexually desired love objects, have remodeled the above principles and problematized the philosophical relationship with truth built upon individuals and even philosophy's claim to truth as a genre. Thus, this conference will reexamine how different loves, for example, agápe, éros, philía, and storgē are combined, supplemented, and, in some cases, oppressed, ignored, unarticulated, and even rejected. Furthermore, we'd like to ask how the relationship between love and wisdom is interpreted, (de)constructed, or played differently in western and non-western cultural traditions, for example, yin-yang as a sexualized characteristic of ancient Chinese wisdom.

Could wisdom become the object of love? Could we really pursue the understanding of love? Do wisdom and love share the same myth? Or, do they have to supplement each other? Then, how does truth go with them? By thinking about the relationship between the love of wisdom and the wisdom of love, our conference is hoping to explore a way to revive the relationship between philosophy and life in our contemporary context.

Themes include but are not limited to:
--How love is interpreted in different philosophical expressions
--Feminist concerns and expressions of love
--How sexuality lives through philosophy or philosophical wisdoms
--Ethics and the principle of pleasure
--Politics of love
--Relationships and relationalities of love, truth, and gender
--Love and philosophical writing


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Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2013
Communication of Acceptance: February 15th, 2013
Conference Dates (Planned): April 25th-27th, 2013

The Comparative Literature Graduate Conference welcomes high quality submissions from graduate students and faculty from different disciplines. We strongly encourage submissions from women and under-represented groups. The 2nd CFP with verified dates for the conference will come soon. For any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask Yitian Zhai and Matthew Herzog .