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Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.10.00  Humanities  Philosophy   

Code Science Field
H001  Humanities  Philosophy 

Code Science Field
6.03  Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics and Religion 
Philosophy, psychoanalysis, art, ontology, discontinuity, temporality, contingence
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Researchers (15)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  30790  PhD Rok Benčin  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  195 
2.  22569  PhD Aleš Bunta  Humanities  Researcher  2015 - 2019  80 
3.  06589  PhD Aleš Erjavec  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2018  755 
4.  11486  PhD Marina Gržinić Mauhler  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  1,699 
5.  13472  PhD Peter Klepec  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  288 
6.  39182  PhD Lea Kuhar  Philosophy  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  71 
7.  09251  PhD Tomaž Mastnak  Philosophy  Retired researcher  2015 - 2019  862 
8.  33358  PhD Boštjan Nedoh  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  135 
9.  02155  PhD Radivoj Riha  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  325 
10.  06397  PhD Jelica Šumič Riha  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  373 
11.  28442  PhD Tadej Troha  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  272 
12.  12330  PhD Matjaž Vesel  Philosophy  Researcher  2015 - 2019  179 
13.  32646  Tiva Vlaj    Technical associate  2016 
14.  11158  PhD Alenka Zupančič Žerdin  Philosophy  Head  2015 - 2019  422 
15.  53500  PhD Marisa Žele  Philosophy  Junior researcher  2019  26 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,515 
The basic outline of the research is defined by the investigation of the destiny and mutations undergone by the traditional philosophical categories on the ground of contemporary philosophical thought, as well as by the investigation of the new categories introduced by contemporary philosophy. The framework of this research consists of three fundamental questions that constitute and dictate the organising principle of the research as a whole. These are the question of ontology and its criticism, the question of discontinuity (interruption, break, change), and the question of temporality in its different dimensions. These fundamental questions, which are also interrelated, constitute conceptual junctions and linking points between the different individual research topics, and provide the perspective from which the analysis of particular categories and thematic blocks of the research will be conducted. Since an extensive and lively discussion related to the question of philosophical ontologies has recently developed in international philosophical discourse, we will put a somewhat greater emphasis on researching this thematic block. Based on the research conducted in the previous programme period, we will focus especially on the possibility of connecting the ontological and logical conceptions into one single onto-logical conception. The research will also analyse the possibilities offered by the concept of onto-logic for the application of philosophy to other fields of thought and operation, thus for a transdisciplinary treatment of the contemporary problems of science, politics, and art. In the framework of the topic of discontinuity, we will explore the classical philosophical problems of cause, contingency, necessity, and event. We will continue with the research centred on the philosophical analysis of and reflections on the scientific revolution as a radical transformation of the philosophical and scientific conceptual apparatus. We will investigate the problematic of the break also in the context of contemporary art and theory of art. We will explore to what degree the concept of the break itself is constitutive of the (self-)perception of modern and postmodern art. In the framework of researching the problematic of temporality, we will take as our point of departure the fundamental shifts in the conception of time within philosophy, science, psychoanalysis, and politics. We will show that the problematic ontological status of time, caught between being and non-being, was a constant source of conceptual quandaries for philosophy. In view of this, we will then formulate the possibility of a different conception. In the research programme, the three mentioned fundamental problem clusters are structurally strongly interrelated. Their structural connections will ensure that the wide range of content that will be the object of research are organised into a homogenous, consistent, and coherent research standpoint.
Significance for science
The research programme “Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy” is conceived in such way that it will significantly illuminate – from different perspectives – some of the most important challenges that contemporary philosophy is confronting, both from within itself and in relation to other contemporary social and human sciences. It will contribute to a critical review of philosophy itself, its critical self-reflection, and consideration of its present condition, while being productive and stimulating for the development of science in general. By developing clearer and more distinct fundamental philosophical concepts and suitable analytic tools and procedures, we will contribute to the strengthening of philosophy as a scientific field and its relevance for numerous other scientific areas. In considering philosophy itself as a source of creativity and innovation, the proposed research programme differs from other studies which are devoted to promoting various models for the understanding of the globalised world. Indeed, in situating the creativity and innovation of philosophy as the central terms of its research, the proposed research programme aims at showing how philosophy informs our value systems and our critical discourse, how it contributes to our sense of the periodisation of history and culture, and finally, how it helps us understand new ways of thinking and new practices in almost any area of intellectual endeavour: science, technology, the arts, ethics, economy, politics, etc.
Significance for the country
Developed critical and self-critical philosophical thought is an integral part of the broader culture of a particular society and, together with other fields of knowledge, contributes to its high-quality sustainable development. The programme deals with topics that are crucial for philosophy today and touches on the fundamental question of human existence in the world. The programme as such can have positive synergetic effects on all spheres of broader social development. It has direct relevance to the complex system of science, as well as for the fields of education and cultural activity. One of the aims of the programme is to develop clearer and more distinct fundamental philosophical concepts, which will contribute to a better understanding of the challenges and dangers faced by contemporary democratic societies today. The departure point of the research programme proposal entitled “Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy” is the assumption that the development of contemporary Slovene philosophy and its affirmation in an international academic sphere could significantly contribute to the promotion of Slovenia in its effort to establish itself as an equal partner at the scientific, politico-economic, and cultural levels. The aim of this research programme proposal is therefore to improve our understanding of how global political, social, and cultural interactions and interdependencies are developing and changing and how they are taking place in different, new forms that have major impacts on contemporary Slovene society, its institutions, as well as contemporary identity forming. In taking up the challenges that contemporary philosophy faces and in disseminating its achievements in the academic and non-academic sphere, the proposed research programme will also contribute towards promoting democratic political culture in Slovenia as well as towards developing the political and cultural autonomy of Slovenia in an international context. Of course, the development of philosophical thought, which is on a par with the practical and theoretical requirements of its age, is an inseparable composite part of the development of contemporary disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
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