Rodica Amel, IASC honorary member, wrote a beautiful report of the last Conference in Tel Aviv. We are pleased to share her thoughts with the IASC community.
CONTROVERSIES AND BEYOND
A synthesis summarizing the scientific activity of the International Association for the Study of Controversy renders evident the conclusion that the importance of IASC research is greater than it seems at first sight. We are actually confronted with a new philosophical approach of the human condition,
from the perspective of the inter-human reality – our daily reality of conflicts and controversies.
The members of the IASC group develop prof. Marcelo Dascal’s work dedicated to the philosophy of controversy. Prof. M. Dascal is the founder of IASC, which is like a “school” of researchers trained in the pragmatic aspects of language. The Association has international extension and is part of the International Society of Philosophy (FISP). Conscious of the scientific dignity of belonging to FISP – quality obtained by prof. M.Dascal, the president of the Association, the Vice President, Giovanni Scarafile, and Leah Gruenpeter Gold, the member of the organizing board, carry on the spirit of the mentor, with much endeavor, openness and devotion. One of their tasks is to organize the ceremonial of annual meetings of the Association, mission that requires great effort and intelligence in finding institutional support everywhere the conferences take place and in finding new subjects of debate that could open a modern regard on social, ideological or philosophical divergences.
Beyond conflicts of any kind (non-verbal and verbal), that constitute the object of research, there is a “dialogical complicity” between the IASC members, which dominate de cyclical gatherings. The creativity of each participant is stimulated in the direction of avoiding scientific stereotypes and methodological clichés. Due to a humanistic ideal, which was explicitly stipulated from the beginning of the Association, the importance of the philosophical target is much increased. The epistemological rationality should clarify and assume the basic concepts of humanism, in order to frame the conflicts in a “normative” system of reference. The ethical orientation of the research is transferred to the researchers themselves and has become a “categorical imperative” of their behavior. All members of the IASC – says the Vice President in his conclusive words – “are called to an intellectual militancy, not limited to the books we write, but also to provide answers to the problems with which our contemporaries are struggling”.