Bijan Abdolkarimi

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Bijan Abdolkarimi
(Persian: بیژن عبدالکریمی )
Born 1963
Tehran, Iran
Era 21st century Philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental
Main interests
Critique of the Western Culture and Thought
Existential phenomenology
Notable ideas
Nietzscheian World, End of Theology

Bijan Abdolkarimi (born 1963 in Tehran) (Persian: بیژن عبدالکریمی ) is an Iranian philosopher, thinker, translator and editor.[1][2][3] He is associate professor of philosophy at Islamic Azad University (North-Tehran branch).[4] His main interests are ontology, political philosophy and the critique of religious and intellectual traditions.[5] He claims to challenge the dominant ideological discourse in Iran.[6][7] He has participated in debates at Iranian universities and also in IRIB TV4 in which he has opposed the notion of Islamic humanities.[8][9] [10][11] He is also a scholar of Heidegger's thought and philosophy.[12][13] Abdolkarimi received his PhD from Aligarh Muslim University in 2001 under the supervision of Syed Abdul Sayeed for his thesis on the critique of Kantian subjectivism.[14][15]


The main characteristics of Abdolkarimi's thought may be summarized as follows:

  • Abdolkarimi seeks to present a spiritual, meditative interpretation of Heidegger's thought.[16]
  • The relation between the West and East is his main issue in his philosophical thinking. He strongly criticizes any ideological, theological understanding of the West and East. He emphasizes a historical, phenomenological understanding of these two traditions.[17]
  • He has worked on the theory of the end of theology and its critical connotations. Following Gianni Vattimo, he believes that the main philosophical characteristic of our time is the destroyed ontology. Abdolkarimi interprets Vattimo's idea in this way that "our time has become metaphysic-less". But in the context of Abdolkarimi's thought, the term metaphysics is not merely in the Greek sense but includes every historical theoretical tradition.[18][19]
  • Abdolkarimi believes that the human being's future thought is a kind of nonsecular-nontheological thinking, namely a way of thinking that is in disagreement to the secular, materialistic interpretation of the world, but at the same time does not settle in any historic, theological systems.[20]


  • Reflections on the Paradox of Directed Democracy, Eshraghieh Press, Tehran, 1989.
  • Shariati and Being Politicized, Resa Institute of Cultural Service, Tehran, 1995.
  • Thought and Politics, Tehran, Scientific & Cultural Press (Affiliated to The Ministry of Science and Technology), 1977.
  • The Story of Me and Thou, Tehran, The Press of the Institute of the Critique of Culture, 2001.
  • Heidegger and Transcendence (A Commentary of Heidegger's Interpretation of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason), Tehran, The Press of the Institute of the Critique of Culture, 2002.
  • Emancipation or Dominance? (A Critique of the System of Religious Education in Iran), with Mohammad Ali Mohammadi’s cooperation, Tehran, The Press of the Institute of the Critique of Culture, 2002.
  • Monism or Pluralism? (Mobile Thinking or Homeless Thought) (A Critique of Daryoush Shaygan’s Modern Enchantedness), Tehran, The Press of the Institute of the Critique of Culture, under printing.
  • Nietzscheian World and Us, Elm Publication, Tehran, 2009.
  • Hegel or Marx? (A Critique of Iranian Intellectuals), Tehran, The Press of the Institute of the Critique of Culture, 2002.
  • Heidegger in Iran, Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Tehran, 2013.

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  1. ^ "Abdolkarimi: Shariati's thought copes with Nihilism". Iran Book News Agency. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Schopenhauer; philosopher of culture and virtue". Iran Book News Agency. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "شوپنهاور فیلسوف فضیلت و فرهنگ است". Farheekhtegan Newspaper. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "استادان گروه فلسفه دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد تهران شمال (Professors of Philosophy at Azad University)". Islamic Azad University. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "ژورنالیسم و فلسفه در گفتگو با بیژن عبدالکریمی". Hamshahri Online. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "عبدالکریمی از مواجهه توتالیتر با متن سخن گفت". Iran Book News Agency. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Arzhang, Amin (23 November 2011). "Criticism of Islamic humanities". Shargh Newspaper. 
  8. ^ "عبدالكريمي: مطهری در درک عقلانیت مدرن از نوعی عقب ماندگی تاریخی رنج می برد / قائمي نيا: امتياز مطهري جهش از مباحث سنتي به مباحث جهان معاصر است". Daneshju News Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "مناظره پارسانيا و عبدالكريمی درباره علوم انسانی برگزار می‌شود". Iranian Quran News Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "عبدالكريمي: علوم انسانی اسلامی یک عبارت پارادوکسیکال و خود متناقض است". Daneshju News Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "طرح اسلامی‌سازی علوم انسانی شرق‌شناسی وارونه است". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Jarvie, Ian Charles (2006). Karl Popper: Life and time, and values in a world of facts. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-7546-5375-2. 
  13. ^ "گفت وگوي "ايران" با دكتر بيژن عبدالكريمي: طنز تلخ هايدگر در ايران". Iran Newspaper. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Necesidad de confiar la celebración de los premios de Filosofía a las ONG
  15. ^ The Critique of Kantian Subjectivism (A Heideggerian Perspective)
  16. ^ "بيژن عبدالكريمي :"هايدگر در ايران" تا اتمام نگارش جلد دوم منتشر نمي‌شود". Farhangkhaneh Institution. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "دکتر عبدالکریمی: دعوت بزرگ شریعتی، تجدید عهد با سنت تاریخی ماست". Academy of Iranian Studies in London. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "تفكر تئولوژيك". Shargh Newspaper. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Interview With IRIB's Channel 4, September 2011
  20. ^ "جهان نیچه‌ای بی‌معناست". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 

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