Events For a process philosophy of mind

December 7th, 2022. 17:30~19:00 JST

Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (hybrid)

Speakers Rein Raud

Speaker: Rein Raud, Tallinn University

This event is in cooperation with Mushin’en – Intercultural Philosophy Research Group

To receive the Zoom link, please register by December 6th.

The majority of both traditional and contemporary object-oriented ontologies rely on the presumption that reality has a selfsame structure that exists independently of the human mind, but nonetheless corresponds more or less exactly to the way in which human beings experience reality. In the present world, however, this view is being challenged from two sides: on the one hand, the calls for a “posthuman” or “post-anthropocentric” approach question the validity of privileging the human perspective against other living species, together with whom we are facing an ecological catastrophe, while on the other hand, the ever more intelligent forms of technology — and modes of surveillance and control that they make possible — infringe on the limits of human social agency in new and unpredictable ways. The talk will propose a systematic view on how to overcome the privilege of the human viewpoint by a reshuffling of our ontological and epistemological discourses through a dialogue of Western philosophical minority traditions and Asian thought, aiming at a radical process philosophy.

Covid restrictions: We are required to keep the physical presence of our group to 10 people and to wear masks while in the conference room. You can only take your mask off while presenting.
 The presentation will be in English, and those participating online are welcomed and encouraged to join the dialogue.

Rein Raud (born 1961) is the Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies and Cultural Theory at Tallinn University. He is the author of “Being in Flux: A Post-Anthropocentric Ontology of the Self” (Polity 2021), on which his lecture strongly relies, as well as “Asian Worldviews: Religions, Philosophies, Political Theories” (Wiley 2021), “Meaning in Action: Outline of an Integral Theory of Culture” (Polity 2016) as well as a large number of articles on comparative philosophy, notably on the thought of Dōgen. He is currently a fellow of the Japan Foundation, working at Kyoto University.