Appel à contribution – Mysticism and/as Love Theory

Donderdag 28 & vrijdag 29 november 2019
Huize Heyendael
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen

What is love? Though we all know the answer, this is not an easy question. Is love not a mystery in the end? Yet, is this, too, not just another answer calling for further reflection and explanation?

Mystics love God. And since God is not the easiest partner, they have always felt the need to reflect upon their love profoundly. Though suspicious about theory as such, they do not shy away from reflection upon love’s mysteries. On the contrary, their writings often contain genuine ‘theories of love’. The works of Bernard of Clairvaux, Hadewijch, Ruusbroec, François de Sales, Madame Guyon, Thérèse de Lisieux or Simone Weil can all be read as such.

Contemporary philosophical, theological, psychoanalytical and psychological theories of love often refer to love theories present in the mystical tradition.

The conference intends to reflect upon that mystical legacy persisting in modern thought and theory.

The aim of this conference is twofold:

  • Exploring the ‘theories of love’ that are present in the Christian mystical tradition.
  • Investigating the influence of traditional mystical theories of love on modern ones, and the similarities and/or differences between the two.

If you want to participate in the conference, send in a proposal of maximum 350 words and sent it to Marc De Kesel ( before 1 June 2019.

Source : Titus Brandsmaa Institute

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