John Kennedy SDB
The Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI) held its 43rd annual research seminar from Saturday, 20th Oct (9.00 a.m.)to Tuesday, 23rd Oct (1.00 p.m.) 2018, at the Socio-Religious Centre (SRC), Kozhikode (Calicut). The theme of the seminar was “Philosophies of Transformative Practice: Social Movements in India.” A total of 89 participants from different institutes and from different parts of India were participated in the seminar. Among the participants, 15 were the fathers and the brothers from Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik.
The seminar commenced on 20th October. The Chief Guest at the inaugural function, Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal of Kozhikode, invited the participants to include three dimensions in their philosophical reflections: (i) comprehensiveness, (ii) scrutiny and (iii) truth. The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Babu Mathew and he focused on the emancipative potential of the constitution and the constitutional morality. Prof. Mathew also highlighted two threats to the Constitution namely neo-constitutionalism and neo-liberalism.
The seminar was designed to give a philosophical basis to the main theme of the ACPI research seminar “Philosophies of Transformative practice: Social Movements in India” and also to provide those who actively engaged in transformative social practice with foundational principles and values which would help prop up their work intellectually. There were 23 papers presented in the seminar by different thinkers focusing on the pre and post-Independence social movements in India, youth movements of the sixties, biblical philosophy of liberation, the rise and fall of social movements and various other topics to provide a comprehensive philosophical view of social movements in India.