Special Issue "New Encounters between Literature and Philosophy"


A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Ziarek
Department of Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo, 638 Clemens Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4610, USA
Website: http://www.complit.buffalo.edu/faculty/ziarek_krzysztof.shtml
E-Mail: kziarek@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-0858
Interests: comparative literature; philosophy and literature; literary theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

In Plato, there is a reference to then already “old” quarrel between philosophy and poetry, which for Plato concerned crucially the notion of truth and the understanding of reality it affords.  In the West, this ancient, often conflictual relation continued to assume various forms in subsequent epochs, from Renaissance and the Enlightenment, through the highly charged and fruitful period of Romanticism and German Idealism, to the most recent reconsideration of this relationship through the prism of phenomenology or poststructuralism.  Yet what happens to this genealogy of the conflictual relationship between literature and philosophy when we step outside the confines of the West or its tradition(s)?  And conversely, how does the intersection between philosophy and literature facilitate not only the critique of the West but also intercultural dialogue?  Can this intersection become a fruitful place for critical engagement with globalization and its forms of technological and economic power? This special issue of Humanities aims at the reappraisal of this contested “between” of literature and philosophy in the context of the globalized world of the 21st century and the increasing pressure of the technocratic society on the humanities. We invite contributions that expressly investigate this encounter between literature and philosophy from the following, though not exclusive, perspectives: Western and non-Western cultures; ancient, modern, or contemporary societies; comparative contexts; language and translation; aesthetics, truth, event; race and gender theory.

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Ziarek
Guest Editor


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  • literature
  • philosophy
  • critique of globalization
  • non-western and western worlds
  • language
  • poetics
  • event
  • power
  • technology
  • humanities

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p. 585-605
Humanities 2014, 3(4), 585-605; doi:10.3390/h3040585 (registering DOI)
Received: 15 August 2014; in revised form: 18 September 2014 / Accepted: 19 September 2014 / Published: 24 October 2014
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p. 567-584
Humanities 2014, 3(4), 567-584; doi:10.3390/h3040567
Received: 19 August 2014; in revised form: 8 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 23 October 2014
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Humanities 2014, 3(4), 517-545; doi:10.3390/h3040517
Received: 21 July 2014; in revised form: 25 September 2014 / Accepted: 25 September 2014 / Published: 2 October 2014
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