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Aachen, Alemania, 25 a 27 de mayo de 2022

In an atmosphere full of healthy intercultural cordiality and charged with pleasant expectations regarding the theme of hope, the 14th International Congress of Intercultural Philosophy took place at MWI-Missio in Aachen (Germany) on the above-mentioned dates. With the theme "Reasonable Hope - Hopeful Reason, Sources of Hope in Difficult Times", it brought together about twenty participants from different regions and cultures of the world.

The organising institutions of the event were the Isis Institute in Eichstätt (Bavaria, Germany), the Mission Missiology Institute e.V. (MWI) (Aachen, Germany) and the International School of Intercultural Philosophy (Barcelona, Spain), who joined forces to make the event possible despite the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic and the climate of war that is currently ravaging Europe. In this way, and in the hope of developing this meeting, Helene Büchel, on behalf of the Isis-Institut /EIFI, and Raúl Fornet-Betancourt for the Isis-Institut, were extremely attentive to the progress of global events in order to confirm the effective opportunity to carry out the initiative. It should be remembered that since 1995, when these congresses began, they have been held every two years without interruption, but due to the pandemic situation, the one due to be held in 2021 has been postponed.

Finally, on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 May, the opening and introduction to the Congress took place. Harald Suermann, Director of MWI-Missio, welcomed all the participants. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt then introduced the meaning of the event, which was divided thematically into two parts: the first, on Thursday 26 May, to think about hope, following different theoretical approaches from various traditions and cultural spaces around the world; and the second, on Friday 27 May, to live hope, through the testimony of various "paths of hope" that were narrated in a continental and social movement perspective.

The day concluded with the opening conference, given by Puerto Rican academic Mayra Rivera, from Harvard University, who developed the argument of the search for hope in the midst of climate catastrophe.

On the second day of the meeting, morning and afternoon presentations were given by people representing different cultural roots and traditions: Josef Estermann (European culture), Alexander Rybas (Russian thought) - who could not make it, but sent his reflection - Jameleddine Ben Abdeljelil (Arab culture), Antoine M. Guy d'Oliveira (African traditions), and Vincent Gabriel Furtado (Asian traditions). After each presentation, there was ample space for comments or questions, which allowed for the clarification of concepts regarding the objective of thinking or reflecting on hope from the vision of each cultural background.

The third and final day, which changed its tone, as it focused on the experience of hope, began with a presentation on social movements by Geoffrey Pleyers. Then, as on the previous day, in a sequence of regional cultural spaces, but now in a continental logic, there were interventions by Beátrice Faye (Africa), Helena Li (Asia), Claudia Jahnel (Europe), Emilce Cuda (Latin America). As in the previous days, it was very interesting the way in which the group of participants provided spontaneous support for the understanding of the presentations, questions and comments that took place in several languages, similar to the biblical

experience of Pentecost, where the linguistic code loses its pre-eminence and there is a communication that goes beyond mere words; probably this type of event reflects the depth of the intercultural experience at its best and was a testimony in situ of a hope that is active from the goodwill of mutual translation.

After the presentations, the floor was again given to Harald Suermann, Director of MWI-Missio since 2009, who was pleased to bid farewell to the meeting, sharing the significant detail of being about to conclude his work in the institution and begin his retirement, confessing that his participation in this congress had been a happy ending to his activities in favour of missionary life in the world. Raúl Fornet-Betancourt also addressed the attendees, and dividing the intervention with Josef Estermann, who was also Director of MWI-Missio, he offered words of general and particular thanks, wishing us a safe return trip, and wishing us to be able to meet again in future intercultural congresses.


José Manuel Fajardo Salinas




Valparaíso - Chile, 26 and 27 May 2022

Fifteen professors, researchers, community leaders and postgraduate students from different Chilean universities gathered at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, under the convocation of Torben Albertsen, Ricardo Salas and Lorena Zuchel to celebrate the Second Meeting on Interculturality and Recognition. The first seminar was held in 2018 and its proceedings can be found in the EIFI's virtual library, in a book published under the same name.

During the two days, in an atmosphere of friendship and trust, a dozen lectures were given in Spanish and Mapuzungun, where the presentations and comments highlighted the importance of Mapunzungun for a new pedagogy that reflects the relevance of the knowledge and worlds that ancestral languages project.

The meeting ended with a declaration on the relevance of the political symmetry of indigenous languages and a version was made in Mapuzungun, which allowed different experiences and new ideas for projecting indigenous languages to be shared.


SUMMARY REPORT of the EIFI face-to-face seminar "Loneliness in today's world",

by Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. Barcelona, 11 and 12 March 2022

Hier doppelklicken, um Ihren eigenen Text hinzuzufügen.

On Friday and Saturday 11 and 12 March, the cloudy Barcelona weather, the interrupted or threatening rain, invited to conversational and friendly recollection. They invited, in a way lovingly in keeping with the aims of this Seminar, not to egotistical solipsism, but to cordial and dialoguing solitude.

To open the meeting, Professor Fornet-Betancourt pertinently offered a succinct and enlightening historical review of the treatment that the theme of solitude has received by some of the essential names in the history of philosophy. Authors whose radical ethical and political concern has led them to think about the forms of relationship of human beings with human beings and of human beings with the possible and desirable ways of living together in community, at some point, inevitably, have had to face that third form of bond constitutive of the human condition, the one in which the subject reflects on and lives the encounter with himself. Seneca, St. Thomas, Nietzsche, von Ziimmermann, Berdiáyev, or María Zambrano and Ortega y Gasset, among others, illuminate from their biographies and texts (sometimes these are tributaries of harrowing experiences of isolation and exile) the possibility of thinking about solitude in its complex interrelations with the person, friendship, finitude, migration or politics, themes that were debated in the second part of the Seminar.

Solitude, given precisely to that generous finitude that glimpses from the transcendence of the human (whether religious or secular) is, we believe we can deduce from what was discussed in Barcelona, something like the resonance bell of a collective memory that does not accept that injustice is the last word in history. When solitude, on the other hand, is uprooted towards the impossible solipsism of modern hegemonic and economistic individualism, the ruptures are perhaps tragic. Already Antonio Machado, in his proverb that says "look for your complementary, / who always goes with you, / and is usually your opposite" invited us to a search that unfolds in the existential confrontation of each one with himself; a search that is conflictive as well as joyful between complementarity and rivalry, and that is not an end but a cordial journey.

This Seminar was a station on this journey, generous and inviting to stop and dialogue in the framework of the unsurpassable hospitality of the Casa d'Espiritualitat Sant Felip Neri and its loving caretakers. There we met participants of different ages, origins and interests to make true the idea that the act of talking about solitude is not to abandon it for the substitute of distraction, noise and mere chatter, but to nourish it and build it in communion.

Vicente de Jesús Fernández Mora



Vol. 81 of Concordia. International Journal of Philosophy


Concordia. Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie.

Revista Internacional de Filosofía. Revue Internationale

de Philosophie. International Journal of Philosophy.

vol. 81 (2022)

with articles from:

Hans Jörg Sandkühler

Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann

Fred Dallmayr

Alcira Bonilla

María Luz Mejías Herrera

Reina Saldaña Duque

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The book Fenomenología e Interculturalidad, by Peruvian philosopher and EIFI member Jaime Villanueva Barreto, has been published by Aula de Humanidades.


Jaime VILLANUEVA BARRETO, Fenomenología e interculturalidad, Lima: Editorial Aula de Humanidades, 2021

This book contributes to the urgency of understanding each other in our diversity.

From the phenomenological perspective of the world of life, it addresses the problem of interculturality and, specifically, intercultural dialogue. The honest exchange between one of the most solid traditions of Western thought - phenomenology - and a millenary culture - the Andean - seeks to renew the polyphonic dialogue with intercultural research from Latin America and the knowledge expressed in ancestral languages. The author, with a militant outlook, renounces being a "disinterested spectator" because, as Husserl wanted, he is motivated by the interest to understand, dialogue and learn from the other. Therefore, it does not limit itself to an aseptic description of phenomena and even less of Sumak Kawsay, but presents it as a world of life that claims its place as a valid interlocutor in this complex world that, imbued with a colonialist air, has turned its gaze only towards itself. It is about philosophy - more than ever - being important in everyday life and gathering the experiences, traditions, beliefs, yearnings and criticisms, in the horizon of several voices, of intercultural polyphony.

>> To access the purchase of the book and more information about it:

>>  Table of Contents and Foreword by Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (span.)

Lorena Zuchel


Marco MELLO & André PARES (Org.), Fica Filosofia! Pela permanência da disciplina nas escolas públicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, RS, 2021

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FICA FILOSOFIA! Pela permanência nas escolas públicas de Porto Alegre

STAY PHILOSOPHY! For permanence in the public schools of Porto Alegre


Compiled by Marco MELLO & André PARES (Org.), and published in Porto Alegre, RS, 2021, this work is a writing that shows the strength of collective struggle; in this case, in the face of the defence of philosophy in the public schools of Porto Alegre, Brazil, which was intended to eliminate it after a curricular reform for this municipal network through the 2021-2024 management plan of the Municipal Secretariat of Education.

The text includes an enormous variety of support material delivered in months of resistance (videos, letters, interviews, manifestos, pamphlets, publications) from teachers, philosophers relevant to Latin American and intercultural philosophy, collectives, associations, unions, institutions in Brazil and abroad, but above all from civil society, which mobilised itself to show the importance of philosophy for their lives and for society in general. This is also what the philosopher of the EIFI, Raúl Fornet-Betancourt, indicates in the presentation of the book: "philosophy is a social need, and not simply the particular need of a few teaching professionals" (p.10), because, he stresses, it is memory and traditions and from there also an open process, food and a journey that promotes coexistence and service to the community.

FICA Philosophy, or what we could translate as: Philosophy stays, is a book-hope, which wants to rescue multiple forms of dialogue around education as a process of liberation. From Brazil, a beautiful gift for all of us who have found ourselves in our countries facing the persecution of academic freedom, the elimination of critical thinking, and the threat to thinking and living in community, in general.

Lorena Zuchel


New publication of the Council of Humanities Faculties of Latin American Universities, COFAHCA.


Rafael A. MÉNDEZ ALFARO & Danilo LÓPEZ PÉREZ (Eds.),

Bicentenario y pandemia. Educación y Universidad en tiempos de COVID (2020-2021), Guatemala 2021

Como un aporte al pensamiento crítico y educativo de la región, COFAHCA ha publicado a finales de este 2021 (año del bicentenario de la independencia política de Centroamérica), una obra que recoge aportes de distintos académicos que reflexionan sobre la experiencia de la pandemia y cómo sus universidades han asimilado y reaccionado proactivamente ante este contexto límite. Aquí la portada del texto, además de sus datos bibliográficos e índice, para su conocimiento y divulgación.

José Manuel Fajardo Salinas


New intercultural commentary on the text of Mark's Gospel

by Francisco Mena Oreamuno


Franciso Mena Oreamuno

La exégesis bíblica como diálogo intercultural.

Un comentario a Marcos 1,16-20.

Revista Aportes Bíblicos No 35 - Año 2021,

Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana,

San José, Costa Rica, 2021

ISSN 1659-2883

It is a very important work, which will enrich those seeking more respectful (and dialogical) ways of approaching sacred texts.

>>  Présentación (José E. Ramírez Kidd) (span.);

>>  engl. Translation: here

>>  Índice


CONCORDIA. Monograph Series - vol. 75


Raúl Fornet-Betancourt

Tradition, Dekolonialität, Konvivenz.

Themenfelder zur Erprobung Interkultureller Philosophie,

Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz, 2021

ISBN 978-3-95886-420-7

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Publication of Alfredo Gómez-Muller


Alfredo Gómez-Muller,

La memorio utópica del Inca Garcilaso.

Comunalismo andino y buen gobierno,

Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón Ediciones, 2021

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>> Présentación del libro y del autor

>> "El Inca vive y escribe en estado de guerra".

     Entrevista con el autor (septiembre 2021)


Vol. 80 of Concordia. International Journal of Philosophy


Concordia. Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie.

Revista Internacional de Filosofía. Revue Internationale

de Philosophie. International Journal of Philosophy.

vol. 80 (2021)

with articles from:

Josef Estermann

Annette Meuthrath

Emanuel Seitz

Fred Dallmayr

Felix Valdés García

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Vol. 79 of Concordia. International Journal of Philosophy


Concordia. Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie.

Revista Internacional de Filosofía. Revue Internationale

de Philosophie. International Journal of Philosophy.

vol. 79 (2021)

with articles from:

Alberto Mario Damiani

Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann

Felix Wilfred

Serge Gougbèmon

Jaime Javier Villanueva Barreto

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