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Doing philosophy comparatively

Author: Tim Connolly
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015
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Presenting a basic tool kit for doing philosophy at the cross-cultural level, this textbook draws on many examples from the past and present within the field of comparative philosophy, to engage readers in sustained reflection on how to think comparatively. Critics have argued that comparative philosophy is inherently flawed or even impossible. What standards can we use to describe and evaluate different cultures'  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Connolly
ISBN: 9781780938394 178093839X
OCLC Number: 986511584
Notes: Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: The Nature of Comparative Philosophy 1. Is There Such a Thing as Comparative Philosophy? The Legitimacy of "Non-Western philosophy" What is "philosophy" in comparative philosophy? The "Comparative" Aspect Conclusion 2. Two Dimensions of Comparison A First Look at the Two Dimensions The Interpretive Dimension: Comparing to Understand The Constructive Dimension: Comparing to Make Philosophical Progress Conclusion 3. The Role of Tradition and Culture Tradition and Philosophy Culture Which Traditions? Conclusion Part II: The Problems of Comparative Philosophy 4. Linguistic Incommensurability Background on the Term The Linguistic Relativity Thesis Understanding Other Languages Issues for Comparative Philosophers Conclusion 5. Foundational and Evaluative Incommensurability Foundational Incommensurability Evaluative Incommensurability Conclusion 6. One-sidedness The Meaning of One-sidedness Avoiding One-sidedness Conclusion 7. Generalization Cultural Essentialism The Generalizations Debate Generalizations and Evidence Conclusion Part III: Approaches to Comparison 8. Universalism Varieties of Universalism Challenges and Criticisms Conclusion 9. Pluralism The Case for Pluralism Criticism and Evaluation Conclusion 10. Consensus Consensus in Theory and Practice Evaluating the Consensus Approach Conclusion 11. Global Philosophy The Challenge of Global Philosophy External Criticism Global Problem-Solving Conclusion Conclusion Bibliography Index
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Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: The Nature of Comparative Philosophy1. Is There Such a Thing as Comparative Philosophy? The Legitimacy of "Non-Western philosophy" What is "philosophy" in comparative philosophy? The "Comparative" Aspect Conclusion2. Two Dimensions of Comparison A First Look at the Two Dimensions The Interpretive Dimension: Comparing to Understand The Constructive Dimension: Comparing to Make Philosophical Progress Conclusion3. The Role of Tradition and Culture Tradition and Philosophy Culture Which Traditions? ConclusionPart II: The Problems of Comparative Philosophy4. Linguistic Incommensurability Background on the Term The Linguistic Relativity Thesis Understanding Other Languages Issues for Comparative Philosophers Conclusion5. Foundational and Evaluative Incommensurability Foundational Incommensurability Evaluative Incommensurability Conclusion6. One-sidedness The Meaning of One-sidedness Avoiding One-sidedness Conclusion7. Generalization Cultural Essentialism The Generalizations Debate Generalizations and Evidence ConclusionPart III: Approaches to Comparison8. Universalism Varieties of Universalism Challenges and Criticisms Conclusion9. Pluralism The Case for Pluralism Criticism and Evaluation Conclusion10. Consensus Consensus in Theory and Practice Evaluating the Consensus Approach Conclusion11. Global Philosophy The Challenge of Global Philosophy External Criticism Global Problem-Solving ConclusionConclusionBibliographyIndex
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Presenting a basic tool kit for doing philosophy at the cross-cultural level, this textbook draws on many examples from the past and present within the field of comparative philosophy, to engage readers in sustained reflection on how to think comparatively. Critics have argued that comparative philosophy is inherently flawed or even impossible. What standards can we use to describe and evaluate different cultures' philosophies? How do we avoid projecting our own ways of thinking onto others? Can we overcome the vast divergences in history, language, and ways of organizing reality that we find in China, India, Africa, and the West? Doing Philosophy Comparatively is the first comprehensive introduction to the foundations, problems, and methods of comparative philosophy. It is divided into three parts: - A wide-ranging examination of the basic concepts of comparative philosophy, including "philosophy", "comparison", "tradition", and "culture"--A discussion of the central problems that arise in extending philosophy across cultural boundaries: linguistic, justificatory, and evaluative incommensurability; projection and asymmetry; and the validity of cultural generalizations - A critical look at the dominant contemporary approaches to comparative philosophy. Presenting a basic tool-kit for doing philosophy at the cross-cultural level, this textbook draws on many examples from the past and present of comparative philosophy and engages readers in sustained reflection on how to think comparatively

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