2nd Unit : 1st Study Meeting

2nd Unit : 1st Study Meeting

Phenomenology - Method and way for intercultural philosophy

2nd Unit : 1st Study Meeting

On November 1 (Tue.) 2011, the 2nd Unit of IRCP held a study meeting, in which Professor Georg Stenger (the University of Vienna) gave a lecture titled “Phenomenology ? Method and Way for Intercultural Philosophy”.
Professor Stenger has participated also in our online International meeting held in October. He belongs to a department called “Philosophy in a Global World” (Philosophie in einer globalen Welt), and is also a President (coopt.) of the “Society of Intercultural Philosophy” (a global forum originating in Germany).
Intercultural philosophy is a relatively young discipline in the history of philosophy. It came out of an insight that, as our inquiries which formerly looked only at European cultures and lifeworlds are now required to deal also with non-European cultures and lifeworlds, references to them should be ordered for the sake of the constitutive conditions for the philosophical work.。

The discussion by Professor Stenger at this meeting centered on “experience”, “worlds”, and the concept of “lifeworld” as defined by Husserl : Phenomenology can be presented as a “method” to approach them. Further, as we face the spacious concept of “lifeworld”, a “method” called phenomenology turns into a spacious “way” which interlinks different cultures. That requires firstly a process of re-interpreting experience from perspectives of hermeneutics, then picking up those experiences giving rise to a cultural difference out of experiences based on things themselves, and accepting them all.

2nd Unit : 1st Study Meeting

Professor Stenger’s lecture was given in German and translated consecutively into Japanese by Ichiro Yamaguchi (IRCP). The question and answer session that followed was also very vibrant, in which some questions were put in Germany whenever possible. The stimulating discussions continued even beyond the original time table of two hours.