You are invited to a presentation by professor of philosophy at the University of Konstanz and the editor of the Journal of World Philosophies, Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach. In this session, she will analyze structures currently prevalent in academic philosophy. A critical examination of these structures indicates that cross-cultural philosophy finds itself in a relationship of dependency with its mainstream counterpart. The latter seems to set the terms of participation of the former. This asymmetrical relationship not only impacts the way cross-cultural philosophy is integrated into the discipline, it also deeply affects the manner in which cross-cultural philosophical knowledge is produced. In an attempt at remedying this monological orientation, the presentation examines Nishida Kitarō’s reflections on the place of dialogue and concludes that some of Nishida’s reflections do indeed seem to be able to counter this domination, thereby making a case for a sustained study of world philosophies.

About the Speaker:

Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (University of Konstanz, Germany) works on topics located in the interstices of cross-cultural and political philosophies. Her published work ranges from a cross-cultural grounding of human rights to the ethics of immigration. She currently serves as the Vice-president of the Society of Intercultural Philosophy, Germany. She edits the international, peer-reviewed Journal of World Philosophies.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
17:30–19:00 (doors open at 17:15)
Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), Azabu Hall, The Parliament
Professors Takeshi Morisato and Jordanco Sekulovski
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