COPH is founded on a new collaborative philosophical approach, and so the research perspective itself has to be grounded on a more radical open-ended, explorative, creative and pluralistic method than seen in the traditional realm of academic philosophy today.
A COPH project in its research phase is never a straight forward process. Our approach is to withstand the temptation of using narrow scientific approaches or methods by which it would prove difficult to create new and different “products” and knowledge. Due to this fact, COPHs research-outlook is framed around the contemporary and in COPH perspective, fundamental, need for wonder. This is a new mode of grasping and of opening up the complexity of the modern society.
The problems of today have become so large and complex that they cannot be solved by some of society’s actors alone. There is a need for unconventional collaboration, where different perspectives and competences can support each other. This collaboration should be seen as a process of mutual interaction of knowledge and learning between two or more people who work together in an intellectual quest for a common goal. Collaboration is therefore a significant joint-solution of tasks and interaction between partners.
Our focus in this phase is to find collaborative partners and resources that are relevant for a given project. If the collaborative phase succeeds, the developmental perspective is high, and the overall result might be solutions that differ from what individuals or corporate structures could come up with.
What relevance does philosophy have for a world that bases its hope on wealth, development, production and innovation? One of COPHs main purpose is to illustrate that collaborative philosophy can in fact play a creative and vital role in the process of development and production.
Being based on both research and collaborative efforts the phase of development centers on transforming the research ideas and hypotheses, the visions and goals, and the knowledge and capacities shared by the different collaborators, into concrete products.
Developing concrete products should not, however, be seen as a static and isolated conclusion of a linear process. The development part is in fact dynamic in nature and it requires a constant ‘back and forth’-procedure between both research and collaboration, until the realized products correspond with the desired aim. Only by adopting a dynamic developmental process, will it be possible to develop new and creative products and solutions.
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