Amsterdam, Netherlands

Intercultural Philosophy in Global Times

online course
when 10 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

Discover more about the origins of Intercultural Philosophy. New approaches are on the rise in Philosophy, and this course will help you reflect on which approach may be best suited to the research you are working on.

Addressing a fascinating subject, this programme delves into the methods, critical revisions, and alternative approaches that have been brought forward following discussions on the decolonisation of knowledge and the end of Eurocentrism.

In a time of increased contact between peoples from all over the world, the traditional Eurocentric perspective in Philosophy is on the retreat. In this course, you will question and debate whether intercultural, cross-cultural, or even transcultural approaches represent the way forward for global philosophy that distances itself from cultural hegemony. You will do so with the guidance of lecturers from various backgrounds who between them bring a wealth of expertise and experience in the field.

Intercultural philosophy is a young branch of the philosophical tree. It was developed by thinkers such as Ram Adhar Mall, Heinz Kimmerle, and Franz Wimmer just decades ago. The intercultural approach was not developed ex nihilo, as renewals in philosophy always reflect the need to adapt to changes in the sciences, in society, or in philosophy as a practice itself.

Two major factors may be responsible for its development: the first was the growing presence of academics from formerly colonised countries in the increasingly globalising discipline of philosophy. The second was the accompanying realisation that the time of a hegemonic, Eurocentric philosophy that had the upper hand since the Enlightenment was finally over.

Course leader

Dr Angela Roothaan

Target group

Open to Master’s students, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines.
The course is open for PhD students and Research Master’s students who want to investigate Intercultural Philosophy, its origins, and the critical revisions and alternatives that have been proposed. We welcome participants from all countries and encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements:

Students can have a background in Philosophy, Political Theory, Cultural Anthropology, Development Studies, or any discipline that deals with interculturality. Professionals with academic skills may also benefit from the course.

If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us:

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

- Read and critically analyse primary texts in the field of Intercultural Philosophy.
- Contrasting approaches to interculturality that are methodologically diverse and grounded in different local and global contexts.
- Write a critical review of a chosen text and present it to their peers in class.
- Participate in intercultural academic discussions in inclusive, non-racist ways.
- Carry out independent research related to the course material for their endpaper.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 25

Fee info

EUR 800: Fees:
- Students and PhD Students: €600
- Professionals: €800
- Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500
Applications received before the 1st of October (Early Bird Discount) receive €50 discount!

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of students
- Individual/group guidance from course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
- Full support of the winter school team
- Optional online social activity


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.