Online Lecture on Thursday 18 November 2021. As Part of the GIP-Lectures Online Series. With Bhagat Oinam, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
GIP-Lectures Online Series
Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Can there be a Phenomenological Study of Indigenous Philosophy?
18.11.2021, 12.30 (CET) (afternoon)
The title of the talk can be deconstructed through a set of 2 questions (1) can we have a phenomenological reading of indigenous thoughts, and (2) can there be an indigenous philosophy at all?
Taking a position that there is not one but many philosophies, based on differences in civilizational/cultural lives, languages, and belief systems, it is quite obvious that there are multiple ways of philosophizing.
Considering that indigenous thoughts are built upon an embedded world where selfhood is collectively shaped, it will be an interesting exercise to examine if phenomenological approaches can meaningfully engage with an unique ontology. Further, if descriptive ontology can provide meaningful reading of the indigenous thought, perhaps the idea of an indigenous philosophy can be put forward. A historical reading of animism and its possible alternatives may pave the path towards a discourse of indigenous philosophy.
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