Baudouin S. Decharneux (BE)

Philosopher and historian of religions, Baudouin S. Decharneux is a Fellow of the Belgian FNRS (National Fund for Scientific Research) and Professor at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles). He is also member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. His main research areas are: ancient philosophy, early Christianity, Fathers of the Church and philosophy of religion.

RDU Baudouin Decharneux

Proposed Courses:

  • Philosophy of Religion: Which are relationships between religion and philosophy? How to define a religion? Is religion a Western idea? How different socio-cultures are there expressing links between the visible and the invisible?
  • Anthropological Philosophy (seminar with Astrid de Hontheim): What is anthropology from a philosophical perspective?
  • History of Religions: Study of contemporary authors who submitted original theories about origin, development, and presence of religions in the world (Otto, Durkheim, Lévy-Bruhl, Mircea Eliade, Lévi-Strauss, Evans-Pritchard, Vernant, Couloubaritsis…).
  • Introduction to Biblical and Koranic Literacy: An introduction to Old and New Testament studies (chronology, geography, texts…) from Antiquity to Modernity. What is a canonical text? What is an apocryphal text? What are the most important translations of the Bible? What texts have influenced the Koranic tradition?
  • Lectures anthropologiques de textes français: Reading of anthropological texts of Lévi-Strauss (Anthropologie Structurale, La Pensée sauvage). Lectures are both in French and English.
  • History of Christianity (seminar): A general history of Christianity (and his plurality) from Antiquity to Modernity (Early Christianity, Fathers of the Church, heresies, schisms, councils, Renaissance, Protestantisms, the Enlightenment, colonialism, Modernity crisis).
  • Oriental Philosophies: Study of the main currents of Eastern philosophy (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism …); their origins, histories, doctrines, and influences today (including their missionary activities in Western Countries).

Moreover, Prof. Decharneux proposes to found a kendo club (martial art from Japan) in our University for Kasese. He could teach this sport to our students and staff, as he is himself dojo leader at Genappe in Belgium (http://www.kendo-genappe.be). The Vice-President of the European Federation of kendo, Alain Ducarme, may agree to send some material for our students.

Here is a description of what it consists in. Kendo, art practiced in most major Eastern and Western universities, develops respect for oneself and the other, the harmony between body and mind, self-confidence, ability to self-concentrate. It is therefore an ideal complement to studies. Kendo (剣道 kendō, “way of the sword”), is a Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu). Modern kendo uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armor (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world and, of course, in some countries of Africa. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines martial arts practices (martial training and techniques) and values (zen education).

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