Achim Koeddermann, Philosophy, chaired and organized a panel at the international conference of the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS, October 29) at Fordham University. It provided the context to his presentation at the NY Asian Studies Society at Utica College (September 24) on the philosophically founded building of a “Civil Society in Central Asia.” The discussion on Classical Islamic Philosophy from Avicenna to AlGhazali at Fordham focused on the distinction between Islamic Philosophy and its possible applications, and widespread misunderstandings in the interpretation of Islamic Philosophy.
In the framework of the parallel conference the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Lincoln Center, the discussion focused on the application of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, such as Epicurean philosophy, and its transformation in “The East Asian Heritage of Ancient and Medieval Central Asia”. Elyor Makhmudov, Dean, Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, provided the link to applied philosophy in constructing a civil society as alternative to Western interpretations of philosophy since Plato. The research presented at Fordham U. was the result of an international Colloquium at Koblenz University at the “Institute for Environmental Sciences” (6.22.2016). Koeddermann’s invited talk “Against tragedy of the commons? Central Asian concepts of community and sustainability for Environmental ethics” led to a redefinition of the Silk Road with an emphasis on sustainability. As part of the new applied track in Philosophy at SUNY Oneonta, it was developed and later discussed in cooperation with the Environmental Ethics students and the participants of the “Sustainable Development in Developing Countries” Seminar.