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Transculturality – Epistemology, Ethics, and Politics

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Hans Jörg Sandkühler and Hong-Bin Lim

The concept of transculturality no longer assumes that cultures are homogenous unities with stable borders. Borders are no longer given, be it through nation, ethnicity, religion or tradition, or homogenous subject-identities etc. Rather, they emerge and change through the dynamics and complexity of flexibly coexisting networks between persons. To this degree, cultures are agendas, within which one thinks and according to which one wants to act in solidarity with others, because more than one person is convinced of its worth for the shaping of life.
This is the context, within which Korean and German philosophers, social scientists and cultural scientists together and in an atmosphere of openness and learning pursue their interests in philosophical questions about human existence, about understanding and knowledge and in problems of society, law, democracy and state. There are topics to be discussed these days – not in isolation from one another, but transculturally – which are topics of that one world: universal and local discourses on culture, transculturality and cultural differences in the age of globalization, the role of religions within cultures, the possibility of transcultural communication, public rationality, transcultural justice and the universality of human rights.
Contents: Maya Nadig: Transculturality in Progress. Theoretical and Methodological Aspects. Drawn from Cultural Studies and Psychoanalysis – Changrae Kim: Intercultural Understanding. A formal examination on cultural unity and plurality – Silja Freudenberger: Interculturalism, Transculturalism, and the Problem of ‘Meaning’ – Hong-Bin Lim: The Implications of Sceptic Culture. Reflections on the Pyrrhonic Tradition – Sungtaek Cho: Hermeneutic Pluralism of Wonhyo: A Buddhist Approach to the Diversity and Unity of Buddhist Doctrines – Hans Jörg Sandkühler: Pluralism, Cultures of Knowledge, Transculturality, and Fundamental Rights – Georg Mohr: The Concept of Legal Culture. Some Programmatic Thoughts – Georg Mohr: The Principle of Impartiality. Three Models: Moral, Social, Global – Carola von Villiez: Cultural Integrity and Human Rights. A four-level-model of legal culture – Carola von Villiez: On the Relevance of Public Reason for Democratic Peace – Seung-Hwan Lee: A Dialogue between Confucianism and Liberalism – Seung-Hwan Lee: Liberal Rights or/and Confucian Virtues? – Jong-Gook Kim: Golden Rule in Eastern Philosophy – Sungtaek Cho: Buddhism and Society: On Buddhist Engagement with Society.