The Society for Intercultural Philosophy (GIP) was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization and now has members from all over the world who work together on the topic of intercultural philosophy. While philosophizing we think that it is important to expand the lenses of one's own cultural conditions in order to work systematically and historically in mutual exchange with the philosophical reflections of other cultures (and our own).
To this purpose, the GIP and its partners regularly hold conferences and congresses. The discussion is also conducted in numerous publications. The GIP members also share their research on interculturality in lectures, research and in discussion groups.
Intercultural philosophy is not a philosophy within an existing philosophy. Rather, this kind of philosophizing sees itself as a methodological point of view that can be useful in order to create a common space for all world philosophies. The emphasis is on the different ways in which people have always tried to understand themselves and the world and to shape it in a practical way. Therefore, intercultural philosophy aims to disrupt the monolithic conception of philosophy that we sometimes find within academia. It is important to systematically analyze different philosophical points of view and to connect them with one another without essentializing them or reducing their multiplicity. Intercultural philosophy does not suggest a particular form of cultural relativism or indifference. Rather, the focus is on the ethical attitude that aspires to create the conditions for a peaceful and righteous future.
Philological competence, the study of original sources, deconstruction, speculation, and dialectical thinking: all of them belong to the tasks of intercultural hermeneutics. In this sense, intercultural philosophers should not only examine the different models and systems of logic, anthropology, politics, law, aesthetics, and religious thought. They should also constantly test their own assumptions and methodology.