№ 235/2010 from Jul 14, 2010
The relationship between philosophy and religion as well as different ways of thinking and religious traditions in Europe and Asia are the main topics of a German-Chinese conference to be held July 19 to 22 at Freie Universität. It is the largest conference of this nature ever to be held in Germany. The aim is to intensify contacts between humanities scholars in Germany and China and to initiate further research cooperation. The conference is open to the public, and advance registration is not necessary.
“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.