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Leonard Cohen and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | June 7, 2013

Leonard Cohen and Philosophy: Everybody Knows

Edited by Jason Holt, jason.holt@acadiau.ca

Submit abstracts of 100-300 words, along with CV’s, to jason.holt@acadiau.ca

  1. Abstracts due: August 15, 2013
  2. Notification of accepted abstracts: September 1, 2013
  3. First drafts of papers due: December 15, 2013
  4. 3000-4000 word philosophy papers written in an accessible, engaging style for a general readership
  5. Possible topics include, but need not be limited to, the following:


  • The existential Cohen
  • Clinical Cohen: a philosophy of despair
  • Themes of silence and darkness in Leonard Cohen
  • Leonard Cohen and the meaning of life
  • The singer-songwriter as philosopher (Cohen vs. Dylan)
  • Poetry vs. song (high and popular art): the Cohen case
  • Realism vs. romanticism in Leonard Cohen
  • “A sip of wine, a cigarette…”: the Cohen aesthetic
  • Leonard Cohen and the limits of irony
  • Soundtrack aesthetics: Cohen on film
  • Cohen’s religious eroticism
  • Cohen’s philosophy of love
  • Touching perfect bodies: mind in Cohen’s metaphysics
  • The new age/hippie Cohen: philosophy and freedom
  • The Buddhist Cohen
  • Cohen’s “Judeo-Christianity”
  • Cohen and biblical interpretation
  • The politics of Leonard Cohen
  • Feminist positions on Leonard Cohen
  • (Inter)national Cohen: does being Canadian matter?


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