Love's Multiplicity: <i>Jeong</i> and Spivak's Notes toward Planetary Love


in Planetary Loves

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233250
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240487 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Love's Multiplicity: Jeong and Spivak's Notes toward               Planetary Love

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This chapter offers perspectives on love using the Korean concept of jeong. While Spivak is not writing explicitly about jeong, it suggests that jeong can be employed for philosophy, theology, and ethics in ways similar to which the French neologism différance has been employed. It is argued, first, that the dominant Western discourse on love is too limited and continues in its failure to understand love in its practices. Second, that dominant Western liberal understandings of love work often only to reinforce the civilizing mission of the West and of Christianity, thus foreclosing other practices of love. Third, that our most fruitful move toward planetary loves requires a widening and deepening of the notion of love through learning other languages of and for love. Jeong is examined as one multiplicity, an attempt at the pluralization of love.

Keywords: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; jeong; love; pluralization

Chapter.  9834 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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