ABSTRACTS

The 8th International Philosophical Symposium of Miklavž Ocepek

Paula Arizpe (MEX)

Buddhism: The Crazy Wisdom

Spirituality has to do with TRUTH and GOOD and how they are conceived by the human mind. Occidental and Oriental scopes of truth and good are different, and thus the seeked result of happiness.

This paper analyses the gnoseological approach of the Buddhist path to spirituality and compares the noetical parameters where conceptions to both -Buddhist and Christian- approaches rest.

Occidental knowledge of Buddhism is not systematic: this paper exposes the underlying concepts that enable the comparison between both the gnoseological and psychological weave, such as trikaya, primal innocence, eternity, playful phaenomena and devotion.

I also intend not to lose the simple and naive ways in which the Buddhist tradition has spread out worldwide, which I consider part of its profound purity.

The paper concludes as a bridge between both traditions that I hope is useful for either to transit both ways.

KIERKEGAARD'S YEAR 2021

THE 8th INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL SYMPOSIUM OF MIKLAVŽ OCEPEK

CALL FOR PAPERS

Organizer: Central European Research Institute Soeren Kierkegaard, Slovenia

Co-organizer: KUD Apokalipsa, Slovenia

Co-organizer of the international symposium: Cankarjev dom Ljubljana

Ulica Lili Novy 25, 1000 Ljubljana: from the 21st to the 24th of August, 2021

Cankarjev dom Ljubljana: from the 25th to the 27th of August, 2021

School of Philosophy Unije: from the 29th of August to the 5th of September, 2021

 

This year's symposium is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881).

Theme: At the time of the corona crisis we are all »Idiots«: Thinking with Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky. A breakthrough into living culture in dialogue with Art.

This year's symposium will also be dedicated to the memory of the late dr. Cvetka H. Tóth. For this purpose, a special section will be organized that will be solely devoted to Tóth's thought, her work and her philosophy. When registering for the mentioned section, please state this in your registration e-mail.

Participants are expected to send their application with a short CV in English, with the title of the paper no later than the 1st of May, 2021 to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition to a short description, the CV should also contain contact information (e-mail address, phone number).

The deadline for submitting abstracts is the 15th of May, 2021. Please note the following when submitting your abstract:

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The deadline for submitting the paper, of up to 20.000 characters, is the 15th of July, 2021. Papers that will meet the criteria of appropriate quality, prescribed stylistic provisions and citation methods, will be published in the journal Kierkegaard in 2022. The provisions are as follows:

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Registration fee for foreign participants: 350 EUR (registration fee covers all expenses for accommodation and meals) / in the case of an unfavorable epidemiological picture, it is also possible to participate and present the paper via ZOOM* – in this case no registration fee is required

Registration fee for domestic participants: 50 EUR

Registration fee for the School of Philosophy Unije : 250 EUR (registration fee covers all expenses for accommodation and meals)

*In the case of an inability, for whatever reason, to personally visit Ljubljana during the international symposium, it is also possible to apply for participation through ZOOM. In the case of a larger number of ZOOM applications, we will have to select the viable submissions.

 

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EMILY MARTONE: (Un)politics of Friendship and Mourning

 

This paper aims to investigate the question of community in Kierkegaard's thought, comparing it with Montaigne's concept of political friendships and Derrida’s policies of friendship. In order to highlight the possible connections between the concepts of friendship and of the political, I will discuss the way in which the three authors deal with two strictly interconnected themes: friendship and mourning. Following the Aristotelian-Ciceronian lesson on philia and the reading of his friend Etienne de la Boetie, Montaigne stresses the political dimension of friendship. He merges the classic criteria of similarity, equality and reciprocity with the grounding moment of a free and voluntary choice that constitutes individuals in confrérie. According to Montaigne, the decision is the political category of friendship, which in turn constitutes the microscopic level of society and the critical fault in the human tendency towards voluntary servitude. In Politics of Friendship, Derrida deconstructs the metaphysical tradition that had seen the basis of the political in friendship. Contrary to Montaigne, Derrida sees the typical characteristics of political friendship along with its possible degenerative outcomes. The political shifts towards a familiar configuration based on a naturalist assumption: family, state, nation, are intertwined with the myth of earth and blood. The political then is grounded on friendship that finds its condition of possibility in the dialectical suspension of enmity and therefore in the Schmittean couple Friend/Enemy. Montaigne’s saying, “O my friends, there is no friend”, becomes inseparable from the Nietzschean one: “Enemies, there are no enemies”. However, Derrida envisages the possibility of a friendship as unpolitical phenomenon and identifies it in the mourning-surviving relationship always present in friendship. Kierkegaard offers an alternative critical reading to the two previous interpretations: he describes friendship in Montaigne's terms and then shares it with love in their being preferential bonds. Since a friend is chosen because he corresponds to the classical criteria of friendship, his otherness is lost and the relationship is narrowed down to a narcissistic doubling of the ego. The more two egos become one by merging themselves, the greater the latter unified ego distances itself from the others outside the relationship. Since friendship as social cell is created in such an exclusive and excluding manner, Kierkegaard describes – ahead of his time – the whole political as intrinsically narcissistic. Enten-Eller's Symparanekromenoi, a congregation of the dead (such as the friendships between Lelio and Cicero, La Boetie and Montaigne) is the exemplum of isolation and camaraderie that characterize modern society. To these preferential bonds, Kierkegaard opposes neighbour-love and a model of Christian community as viable alternative to the paradigm of political theology. The category of neighbour suspends the difference between friend and enemy and thus proves to be absolutely unpolitical. At the same time, it opens up to a type of social bond, emblematically represented by loving the deceased, which replaces the construction of a common identity based on the resemblance (society), with the mutual openness to others that is at the same time a kenotic exposure and expropriation of one’s ego (community).

7th International Philosophical Symposium of Miklavž Ocepek
»Under the honorary patronage of President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor«

In cooperation with Cankarjev dom and Development and information center Bela krajina (RIC)

Søren Kierkegaard 2019

7th International conference and workshop

Primostek pri Metliki (Big Berry Resort), Ljubljana, 13. 5 – 17. 5. 2019

Organisation: KUD Apokalipsa Publishing House and Central European Research Institute Søren Kierkegaard Ljubljana

In collaboration with Cankarjev dom and others.

Primostek pri Metliki (Big Berry Resort), Slovenia – from 13th to 15th of May 2019

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia – 16st and 17nd of May 2019

Theme: EXISTENTIALISM AND POSSIBILITY OF NEW POLICIES IN THE WORLD

 

In the world in which we live, more than ever, we need dialogue between the various thinkers and those who thinks differently, who will nourish the pluralism of ideas and beliefs in the direction of spiritual openness. At the 7th Symposium of the Miklavž Ocepek, we want to stimulate the dialogue between those who thinks differently in the world, which is why Rosa Luxemburg's move in existentialism and her thoughts of the spontaneity of the revolution, which is fundamentally existential, has shown Simone Weil in fact also philosophically with her own example. We are talking about the existential turn of The Single Individual. This existential revolution gives the dimension of existential communication and constant reinterpretation a new dimension, which is added by the thought of Karl Jaspers. In order to achieve this, however, we need a citizen's conciliation in order to greet wounds that are deep. The basis for the options for this dialogue is a conversation without condemnation!

This theme, inspired by Kierkegaard thinking, will be connected with:

KARL JASPERS (1883–1969), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1871–1919), SIMONE WEIL (1909–1943) and first independent journal in ex-Yugoslavia 2000 (1969)


Monday, 13. 5. 2019

 

13:00 BAZA 20 (INTRODUCTION BAZA 21)


Primostek pri Metliki (Big Berry Resort)
https://www.bigberry.eu/en/destinations/kolpa-river-slovenia/about-resort/


16:30
Arrival and accomodation of participants


18:00
Opening Ceremony


19:00
Dinner


20:00
Literary evening Ljubomir Djurković (MNE)

Tuesday, 14. 5. 2019
PRIMOSTEK PRI METLIKI
Wednesday, 15.5.2019
PRIMOSTEK PRI METLIKI
Thursday, 16. 5. 2019
LJUBLJANA
Friday, 17. 5. 2019 LJUBLJANA

8:30, Big Berry Resort

Breakfast with philosophy

Jelena Djurić (SRB), Judit Bartha (H)

(anchored by Jasna Koteska + mutual communication)

8:30, Big Berry Resort

Breakfast with philosophy

Ouyang Kang (CHINA),

Thomas Diesner (GER),

Kristian Guttesen (IS)

(anchored by Uroš Milić and Gašper Pirc + mutual communication)

9:00 Departure to Ljubljana

CANKARJEV DOM
M1 hall

9:30, Big Berry Resort


Philosophical workshop

Workshop CERI SK

Igor Krajnc:

STRUCTURE AND GOALS

– 1st part


13:00 Lunch

 

15:00 Big Berry Resort

Workshop CERI SK

Igor Krajnc:

STRUCTURE AND GOALS

– 2nd part

10:00, Big Berry Resort


Workshop CERI SK

 

Primož Turk,

Andrej Marković (SLO):

Politics (Aristoteles and Oikonomia)

 

(anchored by Igor Tavilla)

12:00 International exhibition of philosophical publications

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE AFTERNOON

CANKARJEV DOM

Kosovelova hall

12:00 Conference opening

 

12:15 Alastair Hannay (N)

DISCUSSION

12:30 Karel Gržan (SLO)

DISCUSSION

13:00 Jasna Koteska (MK)


DISCUSSION

13:30 Primož Repar (SLO)

DISCUSSION

15:00 PLENARY LECTURE
(Discussion with T. Menamparampil will be moderated by journalist Ervin Hladnik Milharčič)

Thomas Menamparampil (INDIA)

DISCUSSION

16:00 Abrahim H. Khan (CAN)

DISCUSSION

16:30 Nadezhda Gonotskaya (SLO)

DISCUSSION

17:00 Žarko Paić (CRO)

DISCUSSION

17:30 Janko Rožič (SLO)

DISCUSSION

10:00 Bojan Žalec (SLO)

DISCUSSION

10:30 Cvetka Tóth (SLO)

DISCUSSION

11:00 Paula Arizpe (MX)

DISCUSSION

11:30 Ouyang Kang (CHINA)

DISCUSSION

15:00 SECTION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS

Thomas Diesner (GER), Eva D. Bahovec, Tomaž Herga, Anže Okorn, Ana Jereb (SLO)

DISCUSSION

16:30 Andrej Ule (SLO)

DISCUSSION

 



16:
00

Different panels:

Philosophical lecture

Presentation of the theme of the symposium (15 minutes):


Registered participants!

Thomas Menamparampil (INDIA), Peter Kovačič Peršin, Darko Štrajn, Ciril Klajnšček, Iztok Osojnik, Gašper Pirc, Janez Vodičar, Bogomir Novak, Uroš Milić, Marko Vitas (all SLO), Pia Søltoft (DK), Kristian Guttesen (IS), Igor Tavilla (I), Judith Barta (H), Dalimir Hajko, Peter Kondrla (SK), Samuel Odachi (NGR),

Joca Zurc (JAP/SLO), Jelena Djurić (SRB)


(anchored by
Darko Štrajn, Jasna Koteska and Igor Tavilla)



18:00

Presentation of books

Žarko Paić: Spheres of existence(monography)

Dalimir Hajko: Kierkegaard in Contemporary Indian Philosophical Thinking

(monography)

S. Kierkegaard: Two Ages

(Slovene translation)

CONCLUDING ROUND TABLE /quiz

18:30 Philosophical symposium in conference

In vino veritas 2:

Introduction by Abrahim H. Khan


(round table/philosophical quiz: 10 participants; directed by Niko Goršić; )

RAP MUSIC: Mihajlo Milić

BEST SPEAKERS WILL BE AWARDED BY International Commission:
Marko Vitas (SLO),

Eva Marija Opresnik,

Eric Jacobsen (DEN)

21:00, Big Berry Resort

POETRY-IMAGE-VOICE

Kristian Guttesen (IS),

H. O. Vilaseñor (MX)

(anchored by Primož Repar)

21:00, Big Berry Resort POETRY-IMAGE-VOICE

Jasna Koteska (MAC),

Ljubomir Djurković (MNE)

H. O. Vilaseñor (MX)

(anchored by Iztok Osojnik)

  TREAT AND CONCLUDING PARTY
     
ACCOMPANYING EVENTS

 

Photographic
projections, Art photography by Bojan Stepančič (DVD projection, Conferences 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

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Theology
CULTURE
Philosophy
Theology
CULTURE
Philosophy
Theology
CULTURE
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Theology
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Organizer: Central European Research Institute Soeren Kierkegaard Ljubljana, Slovenia

Coorganizer: Publishing house KUD Apokalipsa, Slovenia

Coorganizer of the Conference: Cankarjev dom

Črnomelj, Slovenia - from 13th  to 15th of May 2019

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia  - 16th to 17th of May 2019

Theme: EXISTENTIALISM AND POSSIBILITY OF NEW POLICIES IN THE WORLD

 

In the world in which we live, more than ever, we need dialogue between the various thinkers and those who thinks differently, who will nourish the pluralism of ideas and beliefs in the direction of spiritual openness. At the 7th Symposium of the Miklavž Ocepek, we want to stimulate the dialogue between those who thinks differently in the world, which is why Rose Luxemburg's move in existentialism and her thoughts of the spontaneity of the revolution, which is fundamentally existential, has shown Simone Weil in fact also philosophically with her own example. We are talking about the existential turn of The Single Individual. This existential revolution gives the dimension of existential communication and constant reinterpretation a new dimension, which is added by the thought of Karl Jaspers. In order to achieve this, however, we need a citizen's conciliation in order to greet wounds that are deep. The basis for the options for this dialogue is a conversation without condemnation!

This theme, inspired by Kierkegaard thinking, will be connected with:

KARL JASPERS (1883–1969), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1871–1919), SIMONE WEIL (1909–1943) and first independent journal in ex-Yugoslavia 2000 (1969)

One of the keynote speakers will write an opening address for the conference. The address – an open invitation to critically and creatively engage this timely topic – will follow after the Call for Papers.

Participants are expected to send their title of their contribution in English by November 15th , 2018 to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submitting full-text contributions is January 15st, 2019. During the conference, each participant (except keynote speakers) will have 20 minutes to deliver their presentation and/or 15 minutes to lead a workshop. The length of the written paper should be between 20.000 – 25.000 characters.

Following a rigorous review process, the qualified contributions will be published in an anthology in Slovene and English languages in 2020.

Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of "justice" but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when "freedom" becomes a special privilege.(...)

ROSA LUXEMBURG

In order to encourage participants to comply with the set deadlines, a non-refundable “application fee” of 50 EUR,- will be required from all (except the keynote speakers) upon submitting their applications. For those complying with the deadlines, this fee will count towards the overall costs of the conference, including the review and publishing process of the forthcoming anthology. Upon arrival at the conference, they will pay the remaining amount (conference fee/accommodation of 300 EUR). Those participants who will not meet the set deadlines will pay the full conference fee of 350 EUR.

The conference organizers have adopted a “no-reimbursement” policy with regard to the “application fee” for those who have submitted their applications but either failed to come to the conference or have not met the set deadlines. 

 

Bank transfers for application fee of 50 EUR are to be made to the following account:

Account name: KUD Apokalipsa, Lili Novy 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija

IBAN: SI56 0201 0009 1759 056

SWIFT/BIC: LJBASI2X

Name of the Bank: Nova Ljubljanska banka

Bank Headquarters Address: Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia


In cooperation with Cankarjev dom, Balassi Institute – Cultural Center of the Embassy of Hungaryand Slovenian National Committee of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme at (the Slovenian National Commission for) UNESCO; municipality of Črnomelj, Ljubljana Town Lilbrary.

 

Søren Kierkegaard 2018

International conference and workshop

 

Črnomelj, Ljubljana, 29. 5 – 2. 6. 2018

Pre-Event: Ljubljana, 23. 5. 2018

Organisation: KUD Apokalipsa Publishing House and Central European Research Institute Søren Kierkegaard Ljubljana

In collaboration with Cankarjev dom and others.

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia – 23th of May 2018

Črnomelj, Slovenia – from 29th to 31th of May 2018

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia – 1st and 2nd of June 2018

 

Theme

 

CITIZEN-COSMOPOLITAN IN THE LIGHT OF APOKALYPSIS (celebrating the 25th anniversary of KUD Apokalipsa and the 5th anniversary of CERISK Ljubljana)

*

Socratic Symposium within Conference: Philosophical discourse NEW OICONOMY AND
EXISTENTIAL TURN (1st and 2nd of June at Cankarjev dom)

Kierkegaard reference text: Stages on Life's Way (In vino veritas)

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

The 50th anniversary of the student revolution

*

In the Ancient Greek, apocalypse does not mean catastrophe, has no horrible or dark connotation, nor is it simply something hidden or secret. Quite the opposite, apokalypsis means revelation, an unveiling. We only gain insight into things when we rid ourselves of illusions. When we truly gaze through and are not crushed by fear, our consciousness opens and the world reveals itself.