Franz Martin Wimmer

Is Intercultural Philosophy a New Branch or a New Orientation in Philosophy?(1996)

First in: D'Souza, Gregory (ed.): Interculturality of Philosophy and Religion. Bangalore: National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre 1996, pp. 45-57.

Reprinted in: Raśl Fornet-Betancourt (ed.): Kulturen der Philosophie. Aachen: Augustinus 1996, pp. 101-118,

as well as in: Commission nationale de la Bulgarie pour l'UNESCO (ed.): Philosophie et Democratie en Europe. Sofia 1998, pp. 165-182


Probably every human culture has developed typical ways of philosophising in the sense that there were given explanations of the world, of what man is, and of the right relationships between human beings. Some of the cultures of the past have invented systems of writing and documentation, thereby establishing long lasting traditions of thought. Amidst a period of globalisation of many aspects of human life, the problem now arises, whether there will be one single form or method of philosophy in the future. If so: what then will be the role of the different traditions in shaping this future thinking? If not: must we give up the idea that philosophy ever can argue for universally acceptable truths or insights? This paper deals with some aspects of these questions. The proposal is to develop procedures of a "polylogue" to overcome both centrist universalism and separatist particularism in philosophy.

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