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180225 SE The Field of Between (2023W)

At the Limits of Cognitive Science and Philosophy

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Short oral presentations of the participants will take place on November 30th and December 14th. See Moodle
Apply as the presenter: Please click the title of the Etherpad, "Planing of chapter subject and short oral presentation of participants":
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Essential Announcement
We announce after speaking with the Study Program Head as below:
Persons who will participate in this seminar, "The Field of Between" with the examination, should inscribe only on-site personnel at the first meeting on October 12th. Cancelation or application via e-mail cannot be accepted. At present, 25 participants registered via u.space at the beginning of September. For the further persons on the waiting list, please come to the first meeting only on-site if you will execute to participate in this seminar with the examination.
For everyone who does not come to the first meeting, even if he/she has registered via u.space, his/her inscription does not have the final validity. See the description on the site www.univie.ac.at; https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=180225&semester=2023W “Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).”

  • Donnerstag 12.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 19.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 09.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 16.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 23.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 30.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 07.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 14.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 11.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 18.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
  • Donnerstag 25.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Aim of the course
This seminar facilitates the acquisition of epistemological insights at the intersection of Buddhist thought and contemporary technology and natural science through reflexive, critical, and independent thinking. Under the broad category of “Buddhism,” our focus will be on the philosophical schools of thought that have developed during the long history of Buddhism in East Asia as well as on more modern philosophical movements, among which the Kyoto School is prominent.
In this seminar, the ontology and epistemology of Buddhism form the basis of every topic. This permits a comparative-philosophical dialogue in the following three respects: a) the philosophy of Buddhism and occidental philosophy, b) the state of research in the natural sciences and the corresponding philosophical question, and c) dialogue at the border of cognitive science and philosophy.
“The Field of Between” poses epistemological questions at the intersection of contemporary physics, technology, medicine, and philosophy; furthermore, the theories of cognitive science are considered to be dialogue partner of philosophy. Here the term "philosophy" is taken to mean comprehensive disciplines of thought as a reflective science of all sciences (in the sense of Fichte). Likewise, Reininger’s statement, “philosophy is basically a human science” (Metaphysik der Wirklichkeit, Munich 1970, p. 262), reflects the approach taken in this seminar. It is hoped that the border dividing the natural sciences and technologies from the humanities, human and social sciences – motivated by the prevalent digitalization and information networking in this century –will be partly dissolved.
Content and method
Four topics will be explored:
1) The Field of Between - its epistemological meaning,
2) Mechanism versus organism – information and reality;
3) The Logic of Non-Verbality,
4) Absolute contradictory self-identity.

1) The theory of particle physics upends the theories of classical physics. If we accept the new particle physics as a transition to a new ontology, what unique perspectives and aspects are we presented with?
2) When we consider existing things in our time, we judge, in the first place, their functionality. Functions are based on the components of a mechanical system and the parts of an organism may be said to operate; yet an organic role cannot be equated with a mechanical component present in an automated system. Why is this the case?
3) A thorough, intuitive grasp of truth without excess verbosity is valued in Zen Buddhism. The active consciousness in connection with the bodily existence (spirit) conveys reality to coexisting being by its presence at the place of life, even without a word about the truth being spoken. I-shin den-shin /immediate mediation of the spiritual to a coexisting being. This topic will be explored via koans (a kind of provocative question posed in Zen Buddhism) found the classical Zen text "Hekigan-roku.”/”Bi-yan-lu” (Record of the Zen dialogues and anecdotes at the monastery of Blue Cliff).
4) The “Aporon” is a contemporary epistemological principle explored by the theoretical physicist Herbert Pietschmann at the University of Vienna. It concerns overcoming contradiction, a state of affairs which is known to appear frequently in particle physics. In the creation of this principle, a significant influence was Nishida’s ontological-epistemological thought (representative of the philosophy of the Kyoto school), namely “absolute-contradictory self-identity.” This topic will be explored in detail during the SE.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The new book publication of Hashi, "The Field of Between - At the Limits of Cognitive Science and Philosophy",
Wien 2023: LIT (Series "Komparative Philosophie für eine globale Welt", vol. 8)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Constant participation in the seminar, reflective critical thinking on the subject, and relevance of the questioning can be valid as a philosophy criterion. The English language is not exceptional for participants as native speakers. It is, furthermore, a generally acknowledged language for interactive communications in an international barrier-free circle.


Cumulative SE report on each thematic block, written as an epistemological essay on the topic in question.


The book of the same name (to be published by LIT in 2023) is recommended as a reference book.
Hashi, Hisaki: The Field of Between – At the Limits of the Cognitive Science philosophy,
will be published shortly by LIT, series “Comparative Philosophy for a Global World,” vol. 8, Vienna / London
Niżnik, Józef and Hashi, Hisaki (Eds.):
What is Truth? In Philosophy and in Different Scientific Disciplines, Vienna / Warsaw 2009: Polish Academy of Sciences
Wallner, Friedrich, Hashi, Hisaki (Eds.):
Globalisierung des Denkens in Ost und West – Resultate des österreichisch-japanischen Doalogs, Nordhausen 2011: Bautz
Hashi, Hisaki (Ed.):
- Philosophy of Nature in Cross-Cultural Dimensions, series “Komparative Philosopshie und Interdisziplinäre Bildung,” vol. 5, Hamburg 2017:
Pietschmann, Herbert:
- Can Scientific Knowledge be called “Truth”?, in: Hashi, H. (Ed.), Philosophy of Nature in Cross-Cultural Dimensions, Hamburg 2017: Dr. Kovač
- , Zum Begriff des Aporon – Raum-Zeit-Gravitation in physikalische rund philosophischer Sicht, in: Hashi, H. (Ed.), Interdisziplinäre Philosophie der Gegenwart, Frankfurt a.M. 2009: Peter Lang
- Drei Grenzen der Naturwissenschaften, in: Hashi, H. (Hg.), Denkdisziplinen von Ost und West – Interdisziplinäre Philosophie in einer globalen Welt, Nordhausen 2015: Bautz
Hashi, Hisaki:
- Das Feld des “Zwischen“ – Zur system-externen Logik der Quantenphysik, in: Hashi, H. (Ed.), Interdisziplinäre Philosophie der Gegenwart, Frankfurt a.M. 2009: Peter Lang
- , Sind Information und Wirklichkeit trennbar? Naturphilosophie aus dem Themenfeld der Quatenphysik, in: Hashi H. (Ed.), Interdisziplinäre Philosophie der Gegenwart, Frankfurt a.M. 2009: Peter Lang
Spaemann, Robert: On the Concept of Life, in: Zen Buddhism Today – Annual Report of the Kyoto Zen Symposium, Kyoto 1989: The Kyoto Seminar for Religious Philosophy, c/o Institute of Zen Studies, Hanazono University

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Letzte Änderung: Mo 30.10.2023 15:47