The research committee of the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) spearheaded a seminar on hermeneutics and the development of a concept paper a while ago in the afternoon at the SAFAD Lecture Theater.

According to Arch. Kimberly Gultia and Dr. Paul Grant, chairpersons of the said research committee, the event is the third of six seminars that will be conducted for the whole year to train the faculty of SAFAD about various research methods to help them in their future research projects and to prepare them for the school’s transition to the K to 12 program in 2018.

Arch. Joseph Espina of the Department of Architecture opened the event by introducing to the audience the concept of hermeneutics, or the way of understanding and interpreting linguistic and non-linguistic expressions.

The only speaker, renowned philosophy mentor Dr. Charito Pizarro, elaborated more about the concept during the first part of the event, mentioning that hermeneutics is an art in the first order and a theory in the second order. She expressed how hermeneutics can be related to the interpretation of human existence and how it can further inspire aesthetics and literary theory.

“Every one of us is participating in the poetic interpretation of our existence,” Pizarro said.

Furthermore, she shared about the history of hermeneutics and how it shifted from focusing merely in symbolic communication to giving attention to more profound topics like “the fundamentals of human existence itself.”

Her talk concluded about the use and relevance of hermeneutics in the fields of architecture, fine arts and design, especially when it comes to hypothesis formulation and theory making, and its utilization in other disciplines such as literature, history, and religion.

During the second part of the event, some faculty members of the school presented their concept papers and research proposals. In turn, the members of the research committee, including Pizarro, asked questions and offered their insights regarding the presentations.

The faculty members of SAFAD participated in the whole event. Additionally, a distinct number of Carolinian students also attended the event.

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