Center for Pancasila Studies (PSP) UGM holds an Intensive Study of Philosophy and Ideology for Nationality Activists event, 23-24 April. This activity aims to open a healthy dialogue for the people of Indonesia. The statement was conveyed by Sindung Tjahyadi M. Hum. as the Head of the Center in a release sent Monday (25/4).
Sindung said that the study of philosophy and ideology was very important to bridge the opinion differences and to open dialogue between activists. "Each individual and group sometimes considered themselves as the most righteous and tend not to acknowledge others. Consequently, conflicts and violence emerge in our society," he said.
The current globalization has led to many paradoxes in the community. On the one hand, society is still very open in matters of information, attitudes, and even behavior. But on the other hand, behind the openness the society is in fact undergoing a closure, namely closure of the dialogue.
Heri Santoso, M. Hum., initiator of this activity, explained that based on his observation and experience in the field when interacting with students activists and community, he found many activists who have difficulty to think more critically, reflectively, radically, and comprehensively. "Some activists confessed to have ideas stuck in a dogmatic thinking, partial, temporal, and fragmentary. This study is expected to be one of the many efforts that can be done to break such condition," he said.
The study was followed by S-1 and S-2 students and lecturers from various universities, as well as some activists from Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java. The materials that are presented, among others, the introduction and principles of philosophizing, metaphysics, epistemology, axiology, political philosophy, philosophy of science, introduction to ideology, philosophy and ideology of Pancasila. The speakers who helped to provide the material in this study, among other are Sindung Tjahyadi, Heri Santoso, Rizal Mustansyir, and Laily Mutmainah. The speakers are a combination of Philosophy lecturers and community service team from the Center.