Luvah: Journal of the Creative Imagination, is a scholarly, open access, peer-reviewed journal of philosophy, theology, literature, and art.
We publish theoretical and critical articles, translations, interviews, poems and short stories. Luvah also includes a book review section where scholars assess writings, both past and present, that could provide a theoretical basis for a radical critique of late-capitalist ideology.
Luvah, ISSN No. 2168-6319, is interested in radical means of understanding literature, art, and philosophy. Although inexact in their proclamations, these positions point toward a radical re-thinking of what it means to be human in the age of machines and virtual realities. We are interested in works that reflect these concerns. We publish pieces that actively engage with both classic texts and the lived reality of post-modernity.
Luvah is one of the four principles or Zoas that William Blake presented in his visionary works, in particular his “Prophetic Books.” Luvah is the symbol of Intuition and Love: “his place in man is the Heart, or the Center, unapproachable for ever.” Refusing to stoop to the demands of Evil and Power, Luvah is the principle that celebrates the freedom of imagination in the face of reductive reason, blind empiricism, crude materialism, and oppression, no matter what form it may take. In tune with this sentiment, our journal celebrates and nurtures creative imagination and its products. We would like to encourage scholars and writers to take uncommon and innovative approaches, which are not constrained by certain social expectations. Guided by your intuition and love for the realms of unknown mysteries, we want to see ideas that are not necessarily appealing, but manifest intellectual challenges on the path to new, perhaps even ground-breaking discoveries.
Luvah aims to provide a critical response to the problems facing humanity. We are unabashed leftists, but we are not dogmatic and love to critique religion using current philosophical tools and vice-versa. We believe that Plato and Marx, Suhrawardi and Heidegger, Abhinavagupta and Deleuze can provide equally valid answers to the day’s pressing questions. Our primary goal is to elaborate and clarify world literature and different schools of philosophy through the examination of a multitude of different texts from these areas, while critically analyzing them in light of current research. We aim to provide a means to collectively escape from the late-capitalist spiritual vacuum. We aim to provide articles of impeccable quality and intellectual audacity. Ultimately, our goal, and the goal of the works we publish, is to unfetter the servile and alienated mind from the chains of this materialistic anti-Utopia, showing it the light of the Imagination.