Talk: Rolf Elberfeld on "Humanities in the Horizon of European Expansion: Research and Cross-cultural Critique"

Mittwoch, 09. November 2022 um 09:00 Uhr

09. November 2022, EHESS Paris

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«Savoirs et savoir-faire en situation: les sciences humaines et sociales et le monde / Knowledge and Know-How Situated: Humanities and Social Sciences and the World»

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Rolf Elberfeld, University of Hildesheim: “Humanities in the Horizon of European Expansion: Research and Cross-Cultural Critique”

While studying philosophy in Japan over 30 years ago, I realized that modern Japanese philosophy cannot be understood without the historical context of European expansion. European expansion not only caused European philosophy to be exported to Japan, but also caused European philosophy to be criticized in Japan for its Eurocentrism. When I became acquainted with modern Latin American philosophy after my stay in Japan, I noticed that a central theme of this philosophy was the philosophical and critical analysis of European expansion as epistemic conquest. Increasingly, I realized that the development of European philosophy since 1492 could not be interpreted without the historical context of European expansion. My own position as a European philosopher was thus put in a new light. I realized that the philosophical tradition in which I had grown up was deeply enmeshed in colonial patterns of justification and epistemic exercise of power. This has led me in recent years to develop a practice of philosophy in a decolonial perspective that consists primarily in a clearing up of the colonial enmeshments of philosophy in Europe since 1492. In this sense, every philosophizing today in Europe necessarily needs the voices of cross-cultural critique.