Love of Wisdom vs. Wisdom of Love (Due: 2/1/2013)

Love of Wisdom Vs. Wisdom of Love

3rd Comparative Literature Graduate Conference


Keynote: Tina Chanter (DePaul University)

Curie Virag (University of Toronto)

*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

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2013
Communication of Acceptance: February 15th, 2013
Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 25th, 2013
Conference Dates: April 26th-27th, 2013

*When you submit the abstract, please have a separate page indicating
names, academic affiliations, academic status, and email address. The body
of the abstract should be anonymous. All submitted abstracts and
proposals will be blindly reviewed by the program committee.
*Abstracts should not exceed 600 words.

*Please email it to

The Comparative Literature Graduate Conference welcomes high quality
submissions from graduate students and faculty from different disciplines.
For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask Yitian Zhai and
Matthew Herzog <email to>.

Sponsored by:
GSA of SUNY-Buffalo
Eugenio Donato Chair, Professor Rodolphe Gasché
Julian Park Chair, Professor Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
Samuel P. Capen Chair, Professor Jorge J. E. Gracia
Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo
GSA of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo