Annual meetings

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 00:00

Annual Meeting
23rd Oct, 2010 - Saturday
6.30pm: Inaugural Function
24th Oct, 2010 - Sunday
9.00am – 10.10am            : Paper I :- Rooted in Tradition – Open to Innovation
                                                                                - Dr. Johnson Puthenpurackal OFM Cap
10.10am – 10.30am         : Coffee Break
10.30am – 11.40am         : Paper II :- Dialectics of Identity and Difference
– Dr. Sekar Sebastin
11.45am – 12.55pm         : Paper III :- Tradition-Sedimentation-Transformation
                                                                                - Dr. Victor Ferrao
1.00pm                                 : Lunch
2.50pm – 4.00pm             : Paper IV :- Tradition and Innovation: Impact of Moral Consciousness
                                                                                - Fr. Herald Mathias SFX
4.00pm                                 : Tea Break
5.30pm – 6.40pm             : Paper V :- Tradition and Transcendence
                                                                                - Dr. George Panthanmackel MSFS
6.40pm – 7.50pm             : Business Session – I : Story of Encyclopedia and Theme for next year meeting
8.15pm                                 : Dinner
25th Oct, 2010 – Monday
ICPR sponsored one-day Symposium
9.00am – 10.10am            : Paper VI :- Memory, History, Forgetting: The Dialectics of Tradition and                               Innovation                                                - Dr. Keith D’Souza SJ
10.10am – 10.30am         : Coffee Break
10.30am – 11.40am         : Paper VII :- Authentic Self-expression as Innovation: Existentialist Foundations
                                                                                - Fr. Henry Bright CPPS
11.45am – 12.55pm         : Paper VIII :- History: A Philosophical Reflection
                                                                                - Dr. Thomas Padiyath
1.00pm                                 : Lunch
2.50pm – 4.00pm             : Paper IX :- Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics: Amartya Sen’s Theory of Justice
                                                                                                - Dr. Saju Chackalackal
4.00pm                                 : Tea Break
5.30pm – 8.00pm             : Panel Discussion
                                                Paper 1:- Indian ‘Masters of Suspicion’: Ambedkar – Dr. Sebastian Alackappally
                                                Paper 2:- Indian ‘Masters of Suspicion’: Periyar – Dr. James D. Chellappa
                                                Paper 3:- Indian ‘Masters of Suspicion’: Narayana Guru - Dr.GeorgeThadathilSDB
8.15pm                                 : Dinner
26th Oct, 2010 - Tuesday
9.00am – 10.10am            : Paper XIII :- Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics: in Habermas’ Theory of                                                                                                     Communicative Action  - Dr. Robert Pen SDB
10.10am – 10.30am         : Coffee Break
10.30am – 11.40am         : Paper XIV :- Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Tribal Life-world
                                                                                - Fr. Mathias Toppo
11.45am – 12.55pm         : Paper XV: Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Christianity
                                                                                - Dr. Ivo Coelho SDB
1.00pm                                 : Lunch
2.50pm – 4.00pm             : Paper XVI :- Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Hinduism
                                                                                - Fr. John Peter Vallabadoss OFM Cap
4.00pm                                 : Tea Break
5.30pm – 6.40pm             : Paper XVII :- Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Islam
                                                                                - Dr. Kleetus Kathiraparambil
6.40pm – 7.50pm             : Business II
8.15pm                                 : Dinner
27th Oct, 2010 -
9.00am – 10.10am            : Paper XVIII :- Tradition Innovation Dynamics in Gandhian Approach to Religion
                                                                - Dr. Vincent Aind
10.10am – 10.30am         : Coffee Break
10.30am – 11.40am         : Paper XIX :- Tradition Innovation: Science-Religion Encounter
                                                                                - Dr. Mathew Chandrankunnel
11.45am – 12.55pm         : Concluding Session
1.00pm                                 : Lunch
ACPI 2010 - Final Statement
We, the members of ACPI, gathered for the 35th Annual Meeting at Carmel Vidya Niketan, Faridabad from 23rd to 27th October 2010, to reflect on the theme:
Tradition and Innovation: Philosophical Rootedness and Openness
hereby state:
1.     Tradition and Innovation are essential, inseparable yet distinct dimensions of human life.
2.     Tradition refers to the “handing over” or transmission of values, beliefs, doctrines, ideologies, rituals, symbols, customs, practices and histories. Innovation refers to that dimension of human beings by means of which they actively and creatively exercise their existence in constant engagement with their tradition(s).
3.     Tradition generates a sense of identity, stability, rootedness, belonging, morality, and justice inter alia. Innovation enables growth, creativity, dynamism, authenticity, and openness to situations and changing realities.
4.     Tradition and Innovation are involved in a fine dialectical tension where the overemphasis of one aspect can lead to the danger of fatalism, dogmatism and stagnation (in the case of Tradition) or fragmentation and superficial novelties (in the case of Innovation).
5.     Innovative developments cannot be separated from the givenness of tradition. It is by innovative decision-making that a person “stands-out” from the rest of the crowd and manifests his/her uniqueness. However, human freedom to innovate is not without its limits. Creativity, choice and human freedom are rooted and determined to an extent by the tradition(s) in which a person finds himself/herself.
6.     Indian Christians form one community with double roots: Indian and Christian. These twin foci are vital and extremely rich elements in the process of philosophizing and help to promote innovative thinking.
7.     A genuine openness to innovation is possible only to the extent that one is deeply rooted in one’s own tradition. Likewise, innovation challenges and offers a critique to Tradition – not so much to replace it, but to empower it to renew, renovate and heal itself so that it can be relevant to contemporary aspirations.
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