“The issue of the relationship between philosophy and religion has been very relevant and popular in recent years,” said Dr. Hans Feger from the Institute of Philosophy and organizer of the conference at Freie Universität. The foremost consideration for the conference is the idea that philosophy deals not only with border issues of knowledge, but must also examine questions about the ultimate grounds of human existence. Thus religion, as a part of cultural heritage, inevitably becomes an important issue. Chinese cooperation is interesting in this aspect because in the East Asian tradition of thought there is no separation of philosophy and religion – unlike in European culture.
The conference will deal with four main themes: religion and intra-worldliness, philosophy of religion (East), religion and transcendence, and philosophy of religion (West). There will also be a reception at the Chinese Embassy in Berlin.