In a time of increased contact between peoples from all over the world, the traditional Eurocentric perspective in Philosophy is on the retreat. In this course, you will question and debate whether intercultural, cross-cultural, or even transcultural approaches represent the way forward for global philosophy that distances itself from cultural hegemony. You will do so with the guidance of lecturers from various backgrounds who between them bring a wealth of expertise and experience in the field.
Intercultural philosophy is a young branch of the philosophical tree. It was developed by thinkers such as Ram Adhar Mall, Heinz Kimmerle, and Franz Wimmer just decades ago. The intercultural approach was not developed ex nihilo, as renewals in philosophy always reflect the need to adapt to changes in the sciences, in society, or in philosophy as a practice itself.
Two major factors may be responsible for its development: the first was the growing presence of academics from formerly colonised countries in the increasingly globalising discipline of philosophy. The second was the accompanying realisation that the time of a hegemonic, Eurocentric philosophy that had the upper hand since the Enlightenment was finally over.
By the end of this online course, students will be able to:
- Read and critically analyse primary texts in the field of Intercultural Philosophy.
- Contrasting approaches to interculturality that are methodologically diverse and grounded in different local and global contexts.
- Write a critical review of a chosen text and present it to their peers in class.
- Participate in intercultural academic discussions in inclusive, non-racist ways.
- Carry out independent research related to the course material for their endpaper.