Towards Experiential Philosophy

2012, 2014 in English, ntamo

“Power, law and order treat their own children and young people of the majority in the same way as they treat minorities. Both groups are tolerated when this is necessary. Children and young people also have the freedom of speech, but the adults make sure that their voices will not carry too far.”

Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar has actively developed Intercultural Experiential Education since 1974. This is a cultural and pedagogical innovation, a concept and philosophy, which is based on Baltzar’s own cultural background, experiences, activities and pedagogical thinking. Baltzar seeks to offer European society tools for constructing functioning pluralism and for halting the increasing marginalization of young people. The book introduces Baltzar’s pedagogical thinking and its main ideas, providing tools and basic concepts for renovation of European societies.

Towards Experiential Philosophy is a translation into English by Jűri Kokkonen of Veijo Balzar’s Kokemuspohjainen filosofia (ntamo 2012). The translation of this work was supported by a grant from FILI – Finnish Literary Exchange.
“This may revolutionize the basis of our notions of culture.”

“Intercultural Experiential Education is the hands of Baltzar a strong conceptual-theoretical instrument, which he handles brilliantly. One of Baltzar’s significant merits is in my opinion his bold and strict but constructive criticism of the mainstream culture. He criticizes the overreactions of the market society and shrivelling of the values.”

Juha Sihvola, Professor of Philosophy

"This is a unique project both nationally and internationally and it deserves broad attentionand support.”

Sami Pihlström, Professor of Philosophy

”In his book, Baltzar challenges the Western liberal concept of human rights and multiculturalism by pointing to its narrowmindedness. When we promote human rights without empathy and respect to others, we actually may make things even worse than they were before. One of the things which can be brought about and provoked by the lack of empathy and respect, is the inferiority complex. In the perspective of international politics we have many examples of an inferiority complex turned into aggressive, dangerous behaviour and a threat to the mankind. If we really want to eradicate this evil we have to be aware of the social conditions in which this evil came into being. In this respect Baltzar’s notions are valuable and important."

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic
Petr Drulák