ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Programmes

PROGRAMMES AT SAVLE TSERETELI INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY

For the purposes of integration of teaching and research, S. Tsereteli Institute of Philosophy implemented the following programmes:

Master's Programme

In 2012, two-year master's programme in philosophy was developed at Ilia State University School of Science and Arts. The programme in philosophy comprises three main fields:

  • Theoretical Philosophy;
  • Practical Philosophy;
  • Philosophical Anthropology.

The programme is being developed and modified at the beginning of each semester in order to diversify the learning process thanks to new research and achievements and, accordingly, effective integration of teaching and research.

PhD Programme

The PhD programme was developed in 2013. The program envisages introduction of young researchers to new tendencies in the field of philosophy and inclusion of their achievements in study courses.

Georgian translations of philosophical texts

Different projects are being implemented in the Institute of Philosophy for the purposes of translation of classical and modern philosophical texts into Georgian. Very often, translation work involves development and introduction of new philosophical terminologies in the Georgian language, which is also promoted by inclusion of translated texts in the educational process. MA students at the Institute of Philosophy are required to undergo internships to make a contribution to the translation of philosophical texts, with this serving the development of translation skills of the students.

Following translations were prepared within the framework of the Institute of Philosophy in 2012-2013: 

  • "Bible from the post-modern perspective" miscellany, the compiler and editor of which is professor at Ilia State University, Tamar Tsopurashvili. The book includes texts on the Bible and rethinking of meaning of sacredness by the authors such as Umberto Eco, Rene Girard, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Hans Blumenberg, Marcel Henaff, Maurice Blanchot, Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Emmanuel Levinas and Roland Barthes, translated into Georgian for the first time. Students at Ilia State University and associate scholars at the Institute of Philosophy were involved in the translation process.
  • “Philosophy of Consciousness. Chrestomathy,” which was compiled and translated by Associate Professor at Ilia State University, Tamar Tskhadaze. The Chrestomathy offers its readers a Georgian translation of the texts in the fields of modern philosophy, which determines contemporary debates of the philosophy of consciousness. The common theme of the collected works is one of the central issues of philosophy of consciousness - identity and body, more generally, interrelations between physical and mental issues. In addition, most of the texts have been firmly established and are often encountered in the anthologies and chrestomathies of analytical philosophy and are even necessary prerequisite for students interested in philosophical studies.

Currently, the following texts are either being prepared for publication or are in the process of translation:

✔ Bruno Latour, "We Have Never Been Modern. Attempt of Symmetrical Anthology"(Translated by Elene Ladaria, ed. Nino Pirtskhalava);
✔ Julia Kristeva, "Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative" (Translated by Tamar Tskhadadze, ed. Luka Nakhutsvrishvili);
✔ Saul Kripke, "Naming and Necessity" (Translated by Tamar Tkhadadze, ed. Lela Aleksidze);
✔ G. R. Evans, "Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages" (Translated by Davit Tinikashvili, ed. TeimurazBuadze);
✔ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling "Philosophical Inquiries into the Essence of Human Freedom" (Translated by Tamar Tsopurashvili, ed. Nino Pirtskhalava).


Public lectures and conferences held in 2012-2013 with the participation of international researchers

On 30 January 2012, Ilia State University hosted a scientific conference: "Justice, Morality and   Freedom". The goal was to discuss three main concepts of practical philosophy - justice, morality and freedom from antiquity to the twentieth century. Reports at the conference were delivered by ISU professors: Guram Tevzadze, Sergo Ratiani, Giga Zedania, Tamar Tsopurashvili, Nino Rodonaia, Levan Gigineishvili, Mamuka Beriashvili, and MakaLashkhia. An honorary guest and speaker at the conference was Professor Theo Kobusch from the University of Bonn, who made a report on the topic called "Will as the principle of freedom".

Visiting professors from universities of Western Europe for the processes of philosophical analysis

From May 28 to June 2, 2013, Ilia State University invited Don Kalb from Central European University, who delivered lectures on the topic of "Modernity and Relational Ontology". Don Kalb discussed the structure of the master's programme in philosophy and the module of philosophical anthropology and focused on its development prospects.

On 18 September, 2013, The Institute of Philosophy hosted Professor Kai Hauser from Technical University of Berlin at Ilia State University, who delivered a public lecture on topical cognitive-theoretical issues in relation of artificial intelligence, in particular, "What Computers Cannot Do – On Two Approaches".

At the invitation of the Institute of Philosophy, Professor Hourya Bentouhami from the University of Toulouse visited Ilia State University in November 21-27, 2013. She delivered lectures on the topic of "War: Traumatic Experience and Restorable Justice". The lecture courses were included in the curriculum of master's programme in philosophy, as part of the course "Figure and Mimesis". Professor Bentouhami focused on issues such as traumatic effects of war, justice, individual and collective memory, where configuration of the narrative takes place, manipulation of individual memory in the collective.

Hourya Bentouhami also delivered a public lecture on "crime and punishment" and discussed phenomenon of violence based on Michel Foucault's text "Discipline and Punish". The lecture focused on the reasons leading to pathologization and ritualization of punishment and torture, transferring the idea of prison sentence in social institutions - schools and factories.

Lectures by the invited international professors have become part of the curriculum of the master's programme for the first time. Successful implementation of this practice led to planning of further cooperation the next academic year.
In the list of activities carried out by the Institute of Philosophy is Abastumani Summer School on "Philosophical and Social-Theoretical Aspects of Basic freedoms" in August 2-12, 2012. Together with the Georgian counterparts, visiting international professors Walter Jaeschke (Germany, Bochum), Niklaus Largier (US, Berkeley) and Dr. Stephen Zimmermann (Germany, Bonn) also gave lectures. 
The Summer School were attended by 32 undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. students from various universities of Georgia. 

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