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Centre for Intercultural Philosophy Fall, 2021 Speaker Series

Thursday 4 November 2021
online event

Fully Online Event at:
https://smart.newrow.com/room/nr2/?room_id=ytz-076&fr=lti at 16:00 - 18:00 CEST

Philosophical Communities Across Cultures. A Book Launch Panel:

Intercultural Modes of Philosophy, Volume One: Principles to Guide Philosophical Community

(Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers, 2021)

Until rather recently, philosophy, when practiced as a way of life, was, for most, a communal enterprise of mutually reinforced personal cultivation. In these times of social isolation, including in academic philosophy itself, it is time, yet again, to revitalize this lost, but vital, intercultural mode of philosophy. The aim of the panel is to bring together leading philosophers and other scholars who have lived in/engaged with different kinds of philosophical communities (in a broad sense of that term) in different cultural contexts to discuss what these communities share, how they differ, and what lessons they can offer us today. The panel will launch the book Principles to Guide Philosophical Community, which explores the subject, and draws upon interviews of some of the panelists and/or includes studies of their respective philosophical communities

Panel Schedule:

16:00-16:10: Introduction to Work: Dr. Kramer

16:10-17:10: Panelist Presentations

17:10-17:40: Panelist Discussion

17:40-18:00: Open Discussion


Dr. Eli Kramer


Dr. Eli Orner Kramer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethics in the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. He is also the co-editor of the Brill book series Philosophy as a Way of Life: Text and Studies. He is currently working on a three-volume work entitled “Modes of Philosophy,” of which we are launching this first volume. This project seeks to revitalize the most culturally enriching meta-orientational modes of philosophical praxis.





Georges Dreyfus

Prof. Georges Dreyfus

Prof. Georges Dreyfus is Jackson Professor of Religion at Williams College. He is a world renown philosopher of Tibetology and Buddhist studies. In 1985 he was the first Westerner to receive the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest available within the Tibetan scholastic tradition. In 1991, he earned a Ph.D. in History of Religions at the University of Virginia. He has lived in a variety of Tibetan Buddhist monastic scholastic/philosophical communities, and has written about his experiences in his seminal work The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: The Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk (University of California Press, 2003).

Godehart Brüntrup

Prof. Godehard Brüntrup

Prof. Godehard Brüntrup is Professor of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language at the Hochschule für Philosophie München. He is an ordained Jesuit priest, whose work is in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and psychology, and the philosophy of language. His work is in the analytic tradition, exploring critical topics such as panpsychism in process thought. He has been a long-standing lead faculty and at times administrator at the HfP.



Florian Jacobs

Florian Jacobs

Florian Jacobs is Director of the International School for Philosophy. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Amsterdam. He has published for the magazines Filosofie Magazine and Filosofie-Tijdschrift and several websites. Together with Frans Jacobs he wrote the jubilee book of the ISVW, Markante Denkers. His collection of poetry Zwaan en zang was published in early 2017. He is currently working on a book about the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.


Agnieszka Rostalska

Dr. Agnieszka Rostalska

Dr. Agnieszka Rostalska is a researcher at the Department of Indian Languages and Cultures at Ghent University specializing in Asian and cross-cultural philosophy. In 2019-2020 she was appointed as a Lecturer for Theoretical and Comparative Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University and before that she was a Gonda Fellowship recipient at the International Institute of Asian Studies of Leiden University. She has extensive experience studying and working in Indian gurukalas for the development of her research in the Nyaya tradition.

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