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During National Women’s Week, The Department of Philosophy is presenting: Dr. Margaret Toye, Women and Gender Studies at Laurier University, Friday March 13th , 3:00 pm in the Alvin Woods Building, 1-101A. Abstract: "Love and knowledge/love as knowledge: feminist epistemology and the concept of love." In The Way of Love, feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray claims that sophia, or "the wisdom of love" is "perhaps the first meaning of the word 'philosophy.'" What does it mean to say that we love knowledge? Is this epistemological love the same as other kinds of love? What are the implications of embedding love in the very heart of philosophy? Do we want to name the relationship between a researcher and research object as one of "love?" Is it appropriate to name the relationships within our communities of learning as loving ones? What does it mean not only to take love as an object of study, but also to forward love as a methodology, where love becomes not just what we study but how we study? In this talk, Dr. Toye will discuss some of these questions in relation to her work in progress, Feminist cartographies of love: a methodology. Dr. Margaret Toye (BA English, Carleton) (MA English, York) (PhD English, UWO) is an Associate Professor with and Program Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program as well as a core member of the MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory Program. Among the places she has published include the journals Feminist Theory and Hypatia and the edited book collection Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. She is currently a co-editor of the special issue "Feminist Love Studies in the 21st Century," Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (forthcoming: Winter 2017).
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