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Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Cluster Tübingen–Cluj

Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Cluster
Phenomenological Anthropology: Language, Ethos, Finiteness


A scientific working group of the Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (former Forum Scientiarum) of the University of Tübingen and the Center for Applied Philosophy–Department of Philosophy of the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj in cooperation with the Universities of Bologna, Messina, Vienna and Zagreb

Scientific Advisory Board / Permanent Members of the cluster (listed alphabetically):

Senior Researcher/Assoc. Lecturer Dr. Cristian Bodea (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj), Prof. Dr. Francesco Cattaneo (University of Bologna), Prof. Dr. Virgil Ciomoș (Babeș-Bolyai University Of Cluj, Romanian Academy, Fundația Colegiul Noua Europa), Prof. Dr. Ion Copoeru (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj), Prof. Dr. Giuliana Gregorio (University of Messina), Prof. Dr. Sandro Gorgone (University of Messina), Sc. Assist. Dietmar Koch (University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Igor Mikecin (University of Zagreb), Assoc. Prof./Lecturer Dr. Alina Noveanu (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petar Segedin (Institute of Philosophy Zagreb), Dr. Antonino Spinelli (University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Georg Stenger (University of Vienna), Dr. Niels Weidtmann, Scientific Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies of the University of Tübingen (former Forum scientiarum)

Coordinators of the publications/members: Researcher, Assoc. Lecturer Dr. Cristian Bodea, Romanian Academy, Cluj Branch, Assoc. Prof/Lecturer Dr. Alina Noveanu, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj.

Description of the activities of the working group: The working group seeks contact with top researchers from all areas who are interested in a philosophical-interdisciplinary discussion on anthropological issues and represents an open discussion forum for both young and established scientists and students. The starting point of the joint work is the question of the position of humans in relation to and in the world. However, the working group does not want to look for metaphysical answers, but rather work strictly phenomenologically and descriptively. This also means that an important aim is to include the contributions of the individual sciences. Central questions involving phenomenological anthropology, such as the embodiment, the human-animal interaction, the role of affects in human existence etc. serve as a guide for the discussions. In addition, the focus is on the different influences that these questions and the answers found in each case within the historical designs in Europe and beyond the continent. As a result, topics that are traditionally dealt with in the field of philosophical discussion also gain socio-political relevance beyond the existential dimension. To achieve the stated goals, the working group plans to organize conferences every two years on scientifically relevant topics that are currently being discussed in the philosophical-interdisciplinary areas of phenomenological anthropology, psychology, medicine, linguistics and political philosophy. In addition, the exchange of lectures between the participating universities is to be promoted. By including students and doctoral students in the projects of the working group, we would also like to draw their attention to the universities involved in the cluster and encourage them to participate in exchange-programs and summer-schools.

Previous activity and publications

6-8 July 2017, "On Pain“, University of Tübingen, promoted by the Excellence Initiative of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

15-17 Nov. 2018 “Ethics of Lust.” Interdisciplinary debates promoted by the Excellence Initiative of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

Special Guest: Martin Walser

The results were published as special issues of the International Journal on Humanistic Ideology (Editor-In-Chief Prof. Virgil Ciomos).
  • Noveanu, A., Bodea, C. Pain and Pleasure/Schmerz und Lust, International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, Vol X/I, „Pain and pleasure”, No. 1, 2020, 259 p.
  • Noveanu,A., Bodea; C. Pain and Pleasure/Schmerz und Lust, International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, Vol X/II, „Pain and pleasure”, No. 2, 2020, 219 p.

Further suggested topics: “Crisis in European Philosophy”, “Art and Truth (a phenomenological analysis of existence)”. In preparation for the conferences, individual stays as well as joint workshops and reading groups are organized at the partner universities (next workshop date: Cluj, March 2022). The conference results will initially be made available to the participants as PDF documents; A selection of the contributions will be proposed for publication. Applications can be submitted to foundations and institutions in all countries of the partner universities.

Coordination / management: Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies: Dr. Niels Weidtmann, Scientific Director (University of Tübingen), Philosophical Seminar: Dietmar Koch, Scientific Assistant (University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Ion Copoeru (Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj), Lect. Dr. Alina Noveanu (Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj).