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What could be called the ‘Philosophical Other’?

From: 2017-06-29 To:2017-07-03

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  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Philosophy & Public Space
  • 29 de junho e 3 de julho 2017

    Dr. Karilemla Longchar
    (Assistant Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India)

    Sessão 1: What could be called the ‘Philosophical Other’?​

    29 de junho 2017 | 15h00 às 17h00


    Sessão 2: Arju as “Caring Space, In-Between:” Philosophical Reflections on “Care” from Ao Naga, India​

    3 de julho 2017, 15h00 às 17h00 

    Sala do Departamento de Filosofia (Torre B - Piso 1)
    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

    Entrada Livre

    (1) Abstract: My aim in this project is to carve out a space for the multiplicity of cultural worldviews in the terms of philosophy itself. In particular, I have in mind those traditions overran by the dominant traditions. In this paper, my objective is threefold. In the first section, I shall straightaway try to define and discuss what I mean by “other” traditions from a philosophical point of view. My aim in the next section is to show the imperialist and monistic hegemony of western modernity and philosophy in discrediting other cultural understandings of reality and why this is problematic, thinking philosophically. In the last section, I discuss what resources philosophy might have to be more open and welcoming to other traditions and I do so with reference to Heidegger’s works.

    Keywords: Heidegger. Being. Culture. Other. Technology. Tradition.

    (2) Abstract: Through a philosophical engagement with “Arju” (communal dormitories for children/adolescents among the Ao tribe, India), we develop a distinct conceptualization of it as “caring space, in-between”. In its various ontological, epistemological, and ethical dimensions, Arju becomes a space for mothering of Ao children and of caring for the tribe at large. It provides a basis for developing a notion of “caring space” within a philosophy of care. Finally, while theorizing its “in-between” character, we argue that Arju resists mapping onto dominant Western spatial binaries such as private/public, home/world, etc. This essay is not only an articulation of a non-dominant group’s philosophy of “mothering” and “care”, but also aims to create an alternative theoretical space from which to engage with the dominantly Western feminist philosophies of care.

    Keywords: Arju. Caring Space. Communal. Dormitories. In-Between. Ethics. Mothering. 


    Bio note: Karilemla is a Fulbright fellow. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. She researches and publishes in the areas of continental philosophy (esp Martin Heidegger), philosophy of technology, social and political philosophy from the margins (esp Ao-Naga culture of India), and Care ethics.

    Her book Ao Naga Worldview: A Dialogue (with Sujata Miri) published by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research in collaboration with DK Printworld New Delhi, 2015 throws up the philosophical insights from Ao Naga worldview.  Her recent work focuses on care ethics from the margins.


    Imagem: Giorgio de Chirico, Deux personnages (1920). Centre Pompidou Malaga, España


    Research Group Philosophy and Public Space
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502

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