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International Symposium "Philosophy in a Globalized Age"

International Symposium "Philosophy in a Globalized Age" 3rd Unit

マルクス・ガブリエル氏On December 11, 2015, at the Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Room 5B12, Building 5), the 3rd Unit held an international symposium titled “Philosophy in a Globalized Age”, in which two scholars from abroad presented papers, with Ono Jun’ichi (IRCP Visiting Researcher) serving as interpreter. After the opening address by Nagai Shin (IRCP Researcher, chief of the 3 rd Unit), Professor Markus Gabriel (IRCP Visiting Researcher, the University of Bonn) gave a lecture titled "Global Philosophy? (Globale Philosophie?)". He first argued that we should begin from global philosophy
so that the unity/universalism of reason (Vernunftuniversalisums) can become understandable in a suitable way, where one can hear the voice of locals as well. Then, he argued on the existence of the stranger and the reason of strangers, referring to various philosophical theories. Lastly, he insisted that there is a need for us to situate ourselves in a position where we clearly verbalize the background assumptions we have with those that others have, so that we are always able
to critique each other.

  ハンス・スルガ氏Next, Professor Hans Sluga (University of Calofornia) gave a lecture titled "Global power, global world, global philosophy (Globale Macht, globale Welt, globale Philosophie)". He first defined globalization as a process of the expansion of human power, proceeding with technical ability and the technological medium. Next, he delineated the idea of power (Macht), after which he historically investigated the position and problems of modern society, stating that global politics were established by the global expansion of human power. Then, he argued that global philosophical thought in the era of homogenous pseudo−globalization should look squarely at pluralism−the starting point of globalization−from the standpoint of the human being. He also pointed out that a global philosophical dialogue will tackle this variety and the transition among different ways and traditions of thinking.

  For more detail on the two papers presented (both the original German and the Japanese translations), see the Journal of International Philosophy, No.5.