PRESENTATION

The Institute for Philosophical Studies was founded in 2013 with 8 researchers and one young researcher. The institute is the core institution in the Primorska region that studies classical and contemporary philosophical topics within the scope of fundamental and applied studies. The researchers at the Institute are experts in modern philosophy, social and environmental ethics, comparative religion studies including theology and feminist studies. The field of intercultural philosophy is also well developed within the scope of Institute’s work, combining the researchers in the fields of Islamic, Indian and Chinese philosophies.

Who we are

The Institute is founded on studying contemporary phenomena in the wider philosophical area. The priority tasks and guidelines of the institute are:

  • Basic research projects in the fields of philosophy, culture and art
  • Philosophy of American pragmatism
  • Environmental philosophy and ethics, sustainable development
  • Animal rights ethics
  • Contemporary studies in the field of political and social philosophy as well as the philosophy of law
  • Ethics and peace studies
  • Ecofeminism
  • Research in the field of dialogue between cultures and religions (the Mediterranean, Islam, Asia)
  • Asian studies (India, China) and applied Buddhist studies.

Competences and achievements

The Institute operates as a scientific institute in the field of philosophy. When the first institute for the humanities was active (until 2013), its members obtained 4 fundamental projects, 3 postdoctoral projects, 3 bilateral cooperation projects, 1 CRP project and 2 young researchers. We organised several renowned international conferences in the fields of ethics, Ayurveda, environmental ethics, contemporary social and political philosophy. In the past five years, we issued more than 10 scientific monographs in Slovenia and abroad. The members of the Institute are distinguished researchers who publish their achievements at prestigious world publishing houses.

Mission and vision

The goal of the Institute is to become one of the centres of philosophical research in Slovenia, whereas, the researchers at the Institute cover areas which other such institutions in Slovenia and abroad do not integrate in their work. These areas include the philosophy of American pragmatism, environmental ethics, studies of Islam and Asian philosophies, ecofeminism and feministic theology and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy. The fundamental mission of the Institute is the preservation and strengthening of its international recognition. The Institute is also closely committed to philosophical discussion of current social challenges such as migrations and hospitality ethics, contemporary political ethics and democracy, dialogue between cultures and religions as well as environmental philosophy and sustainable development. The goal of the Institute is to preserve and strengthen quality and innovative and creative environments where new ideas and opportunities for their development will emerge. Our Institute also encourages the linking of ideas in the field of the humanities and contemporary interdisciplinary approaches.

Head: Lenart Škof, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

E-mail: ifs@zrs-kp.si
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

RESEARCHERS

Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Škof Lenart

znanstveni svetnik
predstojnik inštituta
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Motoh Helena

višja znanstvena sodelavka
namestnica predstojnika
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Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Furlan Štante Nadja

višja znanstvena sodelavka
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Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Ditrich Tamara

višja znanstvena sodelavka
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Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Andrejč Gorazd

znanstveni sodelavec
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Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Svetlič Rok

znanstveni svetnik
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Inštitut za filozofske študije

dr. Erjavec Aleš

znanstveni svetnik
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

Asian Languages and Cultures (P6-0243)

The basic design of the proposed program is directed towards investigations of historical developments, political and economic circumstances, cultural and linguistic characteristics of Asian societies. This interdisciplinary program includes studies drawing on various disciplines, as part of a broader field of humanities and social studies. It attempts to synthesize a series of partial studies, dealing with various aspects of Asian regions in terms of the relation between ideal and material paradigms defining their social realities. Studies will include analyses and evaluations of material in native languages, as well as build on information, data and theoretical paradigms available in Western literature. This approach is of fundamental importance, since use of primary sources in native languages enables us to gain a more objective insight into the reality of societies in question.

ARRS Code: P6-0243

Period: 1. 1. 2014 – 31. 12. 2018

Head: prof. Jana Rošker, PhD

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Interreligious dialogue – a Basis for Coexisting Diversity in the Light of Migration and the Refugee Crisis (J6-9393)

This project deals with the question of the importance of cultivation of an active, sincere interreligious dialogue, in the context of contemporary migrations, that recognizes and breaks down negative stereotypes and prejudices, raises the level of tolerance, respect and strengthens mutual understanding both in the everyday life of individuals of different religions and spiritualities as well as at the hierarchical institutional religious levels. The main goal of the project is (based on a critical evaluation, through theological comparative analysis) the search for new paradigms, models and possibilities for the interreligious dialogue, defined by the specifics of the Slovene and Bosnian space, and the connection of these insights with a new ethics of religious peace-building in the light of mutual interdependence and cohesion, and rethinking the role of moral and intellectual virtues, communication, and the importance of inclusion of women’s voices in the framework of the interreligious dialogue.

 

ARRS Code: J6-9393

Period: 01. 07. 2018 – 30. 06. 2021

Head: Nadja Furlan Štante, PhD, Senior Research Fellow

Participating research institute: Institute for Philosophical Studies

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Reanimating Cosmic Justice: Poethics of the Feminine (J6-8265)

The project deals with a new interpretation of Antigone and her radical ethical act. In the first part of this project, Antigone is compared with Savitri from the Mahabharata and Mary as represented in contemporary feminist thinking and theology. They are be analysed as three guardians of sacred cosmic orders and orders of femininity and related to the logic of unwritten/cosmic/divine laws. The second part of the project is dealing with the new culture of shame and responsibility towards others as related to the divine, cosmic and unwritten ethical laws. These unconditional ethical demands are related and analyzed in relation to the notions of guilt and shame. In its third part the project ends with two case studies of extreme violence in the forgetting of “ethics of the face of the other” and shame in the selected contexts of East- and Southeast Asian cultures (Cambodia and China)

ARRS Code: J6-8265

Period: 01. 05. 2017 – 30. 04. 2020

Head: Lenart Škof, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating research institute: Institute for Philosophical Studies

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Vzhodnoazijske zbirke v Sloveniji: vpetost slovenskega prostora v globalno izmenjavo predmetov in idej z Vzhodno Azijo (J7-9429)

ARRS Code: J7-9429

Period: 01. 07. 2018 – 30. 06. 2021

Project leader: Vampelj Suhadolnik Nataša, PhD

Lead partner of the project: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

Participating research institute: Institute for Philosophical Studies

Slovene Women Missionaries in India: A Forgotten Chapter in Intercultural Relations (J6-8258)

This project aims to investigate a totally neglected chapter in the cultural history of the connections between India and East-Central Europe by focusing on the role of Slovene women missionaries in India from pre- and post-World-War-II socialist Yugoslavia. The proposed two-pronged research approach combines historical investigations with a solid theoretical framing. The generated outputs will retrieve a discursive archive and excavate a nexus of knowledge-power relations which have hitherto remained unexamined, subjecting them for the first time to a critical analysis from a multidisciplinary perspective.

 

ARRS Code: J6-8258

Period: 1. 5. 2017 – 30. 6. 2020

Project leader: Ana Jelnikar, PhD

Lead partner of the project: ZRC SAZU

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Philosophical Studies

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The Return of the Religious in Postmodern Thought as a Challenge for Theology (J6-7325)

In a time of a postmodern and post-secular return of the religious on both the individual and societal levels, this joint Slovenian-Austrian research project aims to be an original contribution towards building a new platform of dialogue between postmodern thinking and theology. Its goal is an identification and analysis of theologically relevant topoi, which this project intends to explore according to three venues of postmodern thought. The first venue includes representatives of French phenomenology (e.g. Levinas, Henry, Marion, Chrétien) who have undertaken within this field the so-called “theological turn,” and have thus revealed new possibilities for the means of relation between philosophy and theology. The second venue of inquiry relates more to hermeneutical thinkers (e.g. Ricoeur, Vattimo, Caputo) who have already initiated dialogue with the biblical religious tradition and thereby demonstrated the potential of postmodernism for theological reflection. The third venue consists of two alternative postmodern approaches, which embody two different orientations. Girard’s anthropological approach returns to Christianity and adopts an affirmative attitude toward it, while on the other hand, Luce Irigaray demands a critical reinterpretation of Christianity from the feminist point of view and calls for a broader notion of religiosity with new topoi of corporeal gestures of proximity and of cosmico-ethical elements.

In the first phase of the project, the research will critically examine different notions of transcendence in relation to the aforementioned postmodern thinkers, who are of crucial importance for a dialogue with Christian theology. The second phase will engage in extrapolating theologically relevant topoi, which will serve as a horizontal connection between different postmodern approaches. Such topoi include, for example, the notions of gift and grace, event and narration, time and messianism, call and response, sensitivity and incarnation, weakness and kenosis, love (caritas) and hospitality. The main quality of this project consists, however, in combining two different approaches. The inquiry into postmodern thinking will not investigate only its relevance for theology (ad intra), but will also inquire into the presence of – often not reflected – religious elements on the societal level and to identify religious topoi in our post-secular society (ad extra). The Austrian partner will explore the potential of the theological turn in phenomenology for a post-secular political philosophy and thereby contribute to a better understanding of the postmodern status of religion in society. The synergy of both approaches (ad intra and ad extra) and the mutual relevance of the research results will provide a basis for new possibilities of dialogue between theology and secular thought, and between religion and society. Thus, it will contribute to overcoming the modern Enlightenment paradigm of separation between religion and society, which often amounts to an exclusion of religion from society, and will move toward a new culture of coexistence and mutual respect.

ARRS Code: J6-7325

Period: 1. 1. 2016 – 31. 12. 2018

Project leader: Branko Klun, PhD

Lead partner of the project: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Philosophical Studies

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FINISHED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Between Ethics and Politics: Towards A New World Culture of Hospitality and Non-violence (J6-5565)

The aim of this project was to establish a new platform for philosophical thinking of intersubjectivity and interculturality and to awaken contemporary philosophy towards a more sensitive approach towards hospitality as needed in our times. In the first part, the proposed project addressed the problem of the many layers of violence inherent in a variety of Western philosophical theories pertaining to ethics and political philosophy. The project critically examined the major theories and theoreticians of violence to suggest it is within the notion of ethical intersubjectivity (as proposed by Levinas, Derrida, Irigaray and others) that a search for a new platform of thinking about non-violence can begin. Having this aim, the project then introduced the concept of hospitality as a bridge towards a new ethics of intersubjectivity. By analysing selected philosophical discourses from different world cultures and world philosophies (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism) the project team finally proposed a new world culture of hospitality and non-violence, having a potential for conflict resolution at personal, social and political levels.

ARRS CodeJ6-5565

Period: 1. 8. 2013 – 31. 7. 2016

Head: Lenart Škof, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating instituteInstitute for Philosophical Studies