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Multiculturalism and Interculturality. A Phenomenological Distinction

(Original title: Multikulturalizmus a interkulturalita. O jednom fenomenologickom rozlíšení)
Filozofia, 2012, vol. 67, No 8, pp. 677-688.
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Abstract

The article tackles the distinction between multiculturalism and interculturality, which evinces a phenomenological relevance as far as it concerns the investigation of the world hood of the world. The first problem arising is that of gaining phenomenological evidence of such distinction. It is necessary to take into account the historical relationship between philosophy and culture. This is evinced in the epochality of opening up of the truth, which proves decisive for the justification of the humanness in history. The discussion of interculturality therefore cannot avoid historical nihilism as the determining cultural disposition of contemporary Europe, which in the meantime grew to planetary proportions. The phenomenological original evidence of the world speaking various languages hereby stumbles upon its historical limit (the controversial announcements of the “end of history”). The lacking evidence of differentiating between multiculturalism and interculturality in the phenomenology of our times is not a sort of theoretical deficit but rather the epochal withdrawal which brings to the fore the conversation and opens up the understanding of interculturality as the culture in conversation.

Keywords

Conversation, History, Interculturality, Multiculturalism, Phenomenology

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