Invitation to an International Conference
to Be Human for Global Times:
Philosophy as Love of Wisdom and Its Relevance to the Global
Crisis of Meaning
Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar
Within the general framework of the RVP’s focus on "Re-Learning
to be Human for Global Times: Challenges
and Opportunities," the
Doha conference will be centered on the theme "Philosophy as
Love of Wisdom and Its Relevance to the Global Crisis of
Meaning." The conference goal is to explore the ways in
which philosophy has provided, in various civilizations, not
only an avenue of intellectual inquiry but also practical,
spiritual and ethical means of achieving "the good life"
both individually and collectively. The philosophical
paradigms of Neo-Platonism, Advaita Vedānta, Daoism
and Confucianism, and Islamic philosophy, among others, can
provide particularly fertile grounds for such an inquiry.
Capitalizing on the
etymology of the word, the conference will also be an
opportunity to explore the articulation of love and desire,
within the widest range of meaning of those terms, and
philosophical pursuits. Presentations and discussions will
converge on the various ways in which a holistic concept of
philosophy is relevant to our current, environmental,
spiritual and socio-economic global crisis, and provide ways
to address its challenges.
The conference will
address central questions such as:
- What is the
relationship between philosophy and contemplative practices?
- How can philosophy
inform religious and spiritual perspectives?
- What are the
ethical and spiritual contributions of philosophy to the
current crisis of meaning?
- Philosophy as
inter-religious and inter-civilizational domain.
Please send 300 words and a
brief C.V. to Professor Patrick
and [firstname.lastname@example.org] until
September 20, 2017. Presentation of accepted papers will be
20 minutes in length followed by 20 minutes discussion. Full
papers (for which in order to promote in-depth investigation
there is no upper page limit) will be published by the RVP.
There is no registration
fee. There will be no registration
fees. Accommodations will be provided to speakers for three