FAH/PHIL Philosophy and Religious Studies Lecture Series – “Intercultural Questioning” by Dr. Kwok Sai Hang


Speaker:

Dr. Kwok Sai Hang

Date:

16 Oct 2019

Time:

16:00

Venue:

E21-3118

Description:

Abstract

Many recent works on the methodology of intercultural philosophy point to a fundamental dilemma of the discipline: if there is a common ground for intercultural understanding, then the essence of this ground is universal instead of multi-cultural; if there are irreducible and incommunicable factors in different cultures, then complete understanding seems to be impossible. In this paper, I propose that this dilemma is founded on the assumption that intercultural philosophy is equivalent to intercultural understanding. I argue that, however, intercultural philosophy should begin with questioning. Instead of understanding another cultural using one’s own conceptual scheme, intercultural questioning put one’s conceptual scheme and traditional worldview into question. The new questions obtained by phenomenologically reducing the tradition thought will become a ground for intercultural dialogue without reducing one’s cultural to another language. Finally, I will use a case in Chinese philosophy to demonstrate the process of intercultural questioning.

 

Bio

KWOK, Sai Hang is Postdoctoral Fellow of Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Prior to that, he has been the CLASS Postdoctoral Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and International Scholar at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses on phenomenology (esp. Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida), philosophy of time, intercultural philosophy, and Chinese philosophy (esp. Laozi, Zhuangzi). 

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo