Dr. Shlomy Mualem,
bldg. 1004 first floor
Literature and Philosophy, Borges, East-Asian Literature
Dr. Shlomy Mualem
In the first leg of my academic journey, I studied comparative literature and philosophy in these departments at Bar Ilan University. The Ariadne's cord (guiding principle) in my varied studies was the Zen-Buddhist epigram: "do not follow the footsteps of the sages, follow what they themselves followed", along with Borges' advice that we should only delve into books that inexplicably grasp our attention. Immediately after completing my BA degree I dedicated my PhD dissertation to studying the links between the works of my two favorite writers, Jorge Luis Borges and Plato, under the supervision Prof. Ruth Reichelberg Z"l. Thereafter, I have completed a postdoctoral study on Borges and the early philosophy of Wittgenstein in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University.
Currently I serve as a senior lecturer at the Department of Comparative Literature, affirming Spinoza's view that the highest of all pleasures is intellectual undertaking. My main fields of interest – that is, the scope of my intellectual and spiritual interests – span between literature and philosophy, including the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Plato’s philosophy and writing, Wittgenstein's philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Literary theory, Cabbalistic writing and thought, as well as the philosophy of language.
Following my long-lasting practice in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, I turned my academic pursuits eastward, realizing that the discipline of comparative literature should not overlook preeminent East-Asian civilizations. Thus, I have established in my department at Bar Ilan University The Graduate Program of Comparative East-Asian Studies, and in this context I personally focus on a comparison between Zen Buddhism and Cabbalistic-Hassidic texts.