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Joint Symposium: “Modern Civilization and Philosophy” in Brazil

On December 1 and 2, 2010, the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held a joint symposium on “Modern Civilization and Philosophy” at the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian Academy of Philosophy of Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1989 by 40 eminent Brazilian scholars and thinkers with the purpose of elevating, preserving and promulgating Brazilian philosophy and culture. The Brazilian Academy of Philosophy is the first philosophical academy established in Latin America. There are 60 official members, as well as corresponding members from outside Brazil such as the late Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida and other leading intellectuals from around the world. IOP founder Ikeda, who has received an honorary degree from the Academy in 2005, is the first Japanese member.
The headquarters of the Academy, Casa de Osorio (Hose of Osorio), was built in the 8th century. It stores more than 10,000 books, and was recognized as cultural heritage.

The Brazilian Academy of PhilosophyDuring the symposium, Academy President João Ricardo Moderno, former Minister of Culture Paulo Sérgio Rouanet and IOP Director Yoichi Kawada gave speeches. Following that, a message from IOP founder Ikeda was delivered.
After the symposium, the IOP and the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy signed an academic exchange agreement.
On December 3, the IOP and the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy co-organized at the Academy the first showing in North and South America of the exhibition “Lotus Sutra: A message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence.”
Emeritus Professor Barbara Freitag-Rouanet
The following talks were given at the symposium:

December 1
Session 1: A Vision of the Cosmos, Nature and the Environment
・Emeritus Professor Barbara Freitag-Rouanet (University of Brasília) 
  “The Trilogy Spheres of Peter Sloterdijk”
・Shuichi Yamamoto (IOP Senior Research Fellow)
“Life and Earth: Philosophical Remedy for Environmental Problems”

 Professor Nythamar de Oliveira
Session 2: A Vision of Life and Human Rights
・ Professor Nythamar de Oliveira (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
   “Life, War and Peace: Towards a Hermeneutics of Human Rights”
・Yoichi Kawada (IOP Director)
  “The Buddhist Perspective of Life and the
Idea of Human Rights”

December 2

Session 3: Women in Modern CivilizationProfessor Thereza Penna Firme
・Professor Thereza Penna Firme (The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) “Women: Today, Tomorrow, and Always”
・Toshie Kurihara (IOP Senior Research Fellow)
“Women in Contemporary Society: A Buddhist Perspective” (Tentative title)

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