Invitation to an International Conference
to Be Human for Global Times:
Contemporary Tendencies of Studies in Philosophy of
Religion: Gerhard Oberhammer and His Religious
People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russia
December 19-21, 2017
The conference will entail a general discussion on
philosophical, religious and methodological issues from
an interdisciplinary perspective. It will include
specialists in various branches of philosophical and
religious studies who are interested in this topic.
It seems modern Western civilization finds itself in a
deep spiritual crisis. This has affected the development
of traditional religious institutions especially in the
Western countries. The inversion of this situation could
see in various radical and even extremist religious
trends in recent years as well as ultraconservative
trends within traditional religions to fill in the void
of people’s worldview created by this crisis.
These two trends are actually similar because both
restrict the freedom of their believers and hence limit
the personal contact with the Divine. Freedom and its
growth are an integral part of a true religiosity, which
helps promote, rather destruct, genuine personality of
the human being. Research on this problematic is
pertinent for today’s world; it can be conducted and
realized in a range of paradigms and with the help of
various methods. For instance, the religious
hermeneutics of Gerhard Oberhammer can offer such a
forward-looking method. Although his method was formed
based on the European philosophical tradition in the
West, it can be employed in other parts of the world to
analyze different sacred texts from different religions
and cultures, such as the Indian, the Chinese, the
Jewish, the Muslim, etc. However, it is essential to
compare Oberhammer’s writings and his method with the
earlier philosophical views and other philosophical
traditions on religion and religiosity in the field of
philosophy of religion. The development of this
particular discipline is the continuation of its past.
Papers are invited to address the following topics:
Philosophy and religion
Religion and identity
Dialogue between religions
The history of philosophy in the context of
The religious hermeneutics of Gerhard Oberhammer and the
investigation of the philosophical traditions of India
Visa advaita and contemporary investigations of Indian
The conference’s working languages will be Russian,
English and German.
The abstracts of all conference presenters along with
full papers will be published before the conference.
of the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University (PFU),
Please submit a one-page abstract by
June 15, 2017 to Professor Ruzana Pskhu [email@example.com].
The presentation of accepted papers will be 25 minutes
in length, followed by 10-minute discussion. Final
papers, for which there is no upper page limit, will be
due by September 1, 2018 for publication.
travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by
participants (or their institutions); visa support will
be provided by PFU.