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Transdisciplinary research in the cooperation between intercultural philosophy and empirical sciences

Heinz Kimmerle
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 3, No 1 | a321 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v3i1.321 | © 2007 Heinz Kimmerle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2016 | Published: 11 April 2007

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Heinz Kimmerle, University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

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This article will examine how philosophy and empirical sciences can cooperate in research. It is presupposed that in philosophy and in the empirical sciences different types of discourses are used. This difference causes a large gap between them, which has to be bridged. Intercultural philosophy is understood as a specific approach to philosophy as a whole. It is necessary to make philosophy fit into a world in which exchanges are happening on a global level in many fields. In the dialogues between the philosophies of different cultures, support is needed from certain empirical sciences for the understanding of the philosophy, which is based on the the participation of philosophers in everyday life and everyday language. Therefore, in addition to the the support by empirical sciences, living in a foreign culture, participating in its life, is necessary for intercultural philosophers.


Philosophy as a specific discourse, empirical sciences, intercultural philosophy, dialogues between the philosophies of different cultures, relations between empirical sciences


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