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1 A Love That Challenges Taine Duncan University of Central Arkansas For Philosophy of Sex and Love PHIL 3343 Summer Infusing Institute 2013

2 Existing Materials Kelly Oliver and bell hooks on Love as an ethical mode for subjectivity beyond domination Love is a critical challenge for self- examination and engagement with Others

3 From Kelly Olivers Witnessing (2001) The loving eye is a critical eye in that it demands to see what cannot be seen; it vigilantly looks for signs of the invisible process that gives rise to vision, reflection, and recognition. The loving eye is a critical eye in that it insists on going beyond recognition toward otherness. The loving eye is a critical eye in the sense that it is necessary, crucial for establishing and nourishing relationships across difference (219).

4 Kinds of Challenging Relationships Significant Others Parents and Children Teachers and Students Devotees and the Divine

5 Teachers, Students, and the Divine Buddhist understandings of master/disciple and the intention of Buddhist study and practice. The traditional approach to dissolving troubling karma and realizing a liberating redirection of the dynamics of interdependence is through the integrated cultivation of wisdom, attentive mastery, and moral clarity (Hershock, 681).

6 Ikkyu Sojun and Kelly Oliver you cant be anyone but you therefore you are that Other one you love (29). Ikkyu Sojun, trans. by Stephen Berg in Crow with No Mouth: Ikkyu Fifteenth Century Zen Master (2000). In this case, I fall in love with love, with the precarious process of subjectivity that connects the tissues of my sensations, affects, thoughts, and words--the tissues of my being--to the tissues of others. To love is to bear witness to the process of witnessing that gives us the power to be, togther. And being together is the chaotic adventure of subjectivity (Oliver, 224).

7 Future Research Ten days as abbot and my mind is reeling, beneath my feet a red thread stretching out interminably. If you come looking for me another day, try a fish shop, tavern, or brothel.-- Ikkyu Sojun Zhang Xiaogang, A Big Family, 1995 Oil on canvas, 179 x 229 cm


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