Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

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Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, Maîtrise (Sorbonne, 1990), Ph.D. (Oxford University, 1993), Habilitation (Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, 2000). Now Associate Professor of Philosophy at the GULF UNIVERSITY for SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY in Kuwait.






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I attempt to disentangle the compact knot composed of culture, religion, and civilization. Often the difference between secularists and believers is construed along the lines of a religious "culture" unable to join a more progressive civilization. This is very reductive because things are far more complex, as I try to show with the help of the Aristotelian square of oppositions.  MORE


I will be Visiting Scholar at New York University during the Spring Semester 2015. Visit me in Greenwich Village.

NEW: THE VEIL IN KUWAIT: GENDER, FASHION, IDENTITY with Noreen Abdullah-Khan (New York: Palgrave, Pivot series, September 2014), 96 p.

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General editor of the new Rodopi-Brill book series "Philosophy of Film".

2004-2014: "The Website against Philosophical Provincialism" is 10 years old. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

NEW: 'An Interview with Thorsten Botz-Bornstein: Philosophy and Culture' in Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research 10:1, 2014.

Thorsten talks about "Cool and kawaii" on BYU Radio. Tune in to "The Morning Show with Marcus Smith" on Channel 143 on Wednesday Nov. 20 2013 at 10.30 am Eastern time. Click on "Listen now." Archived here. Fast forward to 85'.

'A Place in the Making - On Kiev's Maidan' in The Los Angeles Review of Books Oct. 31, 2014.




Preview the Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy (ODIP). General Editor: Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

Dictionnaire en ligne de la philosophie interculturelle 跨文化哲学在线词典 Онлайн-словарь межкультурной философии 異文化の哲学のオンライン辞書 Wörterbuch der interkulturellen Philosophie القاموس على الانترنت الفلسفة بين الثقافات Diccionario en línea de filosofía intercultural 상호 문화 철학의 온라인 사전 Online szótár interculturális filozófia فرهنگ لغت آنلاین فلسفه میان فرهنگی Online sanakirja kulttuurienvälisen filosofian सांस्कृतिक दर्शन के ऑनलाइन शब्दकोश Dicționar online de filozofie intercultural Διαδικτυακό λεξικό της διαπολιτισμικής φιλοσοφίας.


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