Countering Academic Domination with Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach

Presentation by a professor of philosophy at the University of Konstanz and the editor of the Journal of World Philosophies, Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach. In this session, she analyzes structures currently prevalent in academic philosophy. A critical examination of these structures indicates that cross-cultural philosophy finds itself in a relationship of dependency with its mainstream counterpart. The latter seems to set the terms of participation of the former. This asymmetrical relationship not only impacts the way cross-cultural philosophy is integrated into the discipline, it also deeply affects the manner in which cross-cultural philosophical knowledge is produced. In an attempt at remedying this monological orientation, the presentation examines Nishida Kitarō’s reflections on the place of dialogue and concludes that some of Nishida’s reflections do indeed seem to be able to counter this domination, thereby making a case for a sustained study of world philosophies.