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2nd Unit : 1st Online International Meeting

2nd Unit : 1st Online International Meeting

“A possibility of universal methodology : Descartes and Husserl”

2nd Unit : 1st Online International Meeting

An online international meeting titled “A possibility of universal methodology : Descartes and Husserl” was held on October 15 (Sat.) starting at 17:00 (10:00 a.m. in Paris and Vienna time) connecting discussions by researchers in Japan, France, and Austria via the Internet. The Japanese venue was at Toyo University (Special conference room, Hakusan Campus, Tokyo); the French venue was the study room of Professor Denis Kambouchner (Paris), and the Austrian venue was at the University of Vienna (Vienna). To realize instantaneous exchange of thoughts while maintaining the diversity of language and culture, participants discussed from France in French, from Austria in German, and from Japan in Japanese using cross simultaneous interpretations into and from Japanese, French and Germany.
Although interdisciplinary researches are widely pursued today, they will end up just integrating multiple disciplines unless the individualities of each discipline of science are maintained. Hence, this conference focused on “universal methodology,” to explore a possibility for building a common ground for all disciplines to exchange while maintaining their differences.

2nd Unit : 1st Online International Meeting

The conference was moderated by Director Katsuzo Murakami from IRCP.
From France, Professor Kambouchner gave a presentation titled “The Cartesian Mathesis today” where he pointed out that the Cartesian method teaches prudence not recklessness.
Following that, from the University of Vienna, Professor Georg Stenger presented his lecture under the title of “Notes on Edmund Husserl's phenomenological understanding of ‘evidence’” by indicating the ground of science itself ― “evidence of the lifeworld” ―, he showed a starting point for building a universal methodology.
The conference discussed over two hours not only the problem of universal methodology in Descartes and Husserl, but also the limits and problems for the mathematization of sciences including modern human and social sciences. A video clip of the presentations can be seen on our YouTube site.