Comparative Philosophy without Borders

Comparative Philosophy without Borders

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Comparative Philosophy without Borders presents original scholarship by leading contemporary comparative philosophers, each addressing a philosophical issue that transcends the concerns of any one cultural tradition. By critically discussing and weaving together these contributions in terms of their philosophical presuppositions, this cutting-edge volume initiates a more sophisticated, albeit diverse, understanding of doing comparative philosophy. Within a broad conception of the alternative shapes that work in philosophy may take, this volume breaks three kinds of boundaries: between cultures, historical periods and sub-disciplines of philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and political philosophy.

As well as distinguishing three phases of the development of comparative philosophy up to the present day, the editors argue why the discipline now needs to enter a new phase. Putting to use philosophical thought and textual sources from Eurasia and Africa, contributors discuss modern psychological and cognitive science approaches to the nature of mind and topics as different as perception, poetry, justice, authority, and the very possibility of understanding other people.

Comparative Philosophy without Borders demonstrates how drawing on philosophical resources from across cultural traditions can produce sound state-of-the-art progressive philosophy. Fusing the horizons of traditions opens up a space for creative conceptual thinking outside all sorts of boxes.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.72mm | 363g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 135003665X
  • 9781350036659
  • 1,640,166

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction, Arindam Chakrabarti and Ralph Weber (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA and University of Basel, Switzerland)
2. Count Nouns, Mass Nouns, and Translatability: The Case of Tibetan Buddhist Logical Literature, Tom J. F. Tillemans (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
3. Translation, Interpretation, and Alternative Epistemologies, Barry Hallen (Morehouse College)
4. Resolving the Ineffability Paradox, Chien Hsing Ho (Nanhua University, Taiwan)
5. The Bowstring is Like a Woman Humming: The Vedic Hymn to the Weapons and the Transformative Properties of Tools, Laurie L. Patton (Duke University and Middlebury College, USA)
6. How Do We Read Others' Feelings? Strawson and Zhuangzi Speak to Dharmakirti, Ratnakirti and Abhinavagupta, Arindam Chakrabarti (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
7. The Geography of Perception: Japanese Philosophy in the External World, Masato Ishida (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
8. Authority: Of German Rhinos and Chinese Tigers, Ralph Weber (University of Basel, Switzerland)
9. To Justice with Love, Sari Nusseibeh (Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Israel)
10. Justice and Social Change, Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
11. Afterword/Afterwards, Arindam Chakrabarti and Ralph Weber (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA and University of Basel, Switzerland)

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Arindam Chakrabarti and Ralph Weber, in their inspirational Introduction and Afterword, present a defining manifesto for a borderless new philosophy. These documents powerfully describe the hope, vitality, and promise of comparative philosophy as a prelude to philosophy's post-comparative future. Every philosopher has a duty to study them. -- Jonardon Ganeri, Professor of Philosophy, New York University, USA The volume draws together scholars working in a variety of traditions, and offers a clear expression of what comparative philosophy can contribute to contemporary philosophical discourse. The individual essays show us what can be achieved when cultural, historical and disciplinary boundaries while respected, are not treated as straightjackets. The editors have made a signal contribution by their effort! -- Hui-chieh Loy, Associate Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore Despite the title, the project undertaken here is not about comparative philosophy, at any rate not in the sense in which that label is usually understood. Rather, it is about philosophy without any borders, and it not only describes such ways but also demonstrates them in a fascinating way. -- Franz Martin Wimmer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria This sense of belonging, transcending but not damaging the local, is much needed in today's philosophical discourse. The editors' careful work in the formation of this anthology, aided by its impressive papers, powerfully reminds us that philosophy as a global tradition in its contemporary manifestation has an important role to play in the constitution and normalization of such a cosmopolitan ethos. -- Saranindranath Tagore, National University of Singapore, Singapore * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * [An] outstanding and groundbreaking anthology that is also a prolegomena to all future philosophy, not just comparative philosophy. The anthology sets forward an agenda that is arguably the next step for philosophy ... this excellent anthology comes out at a time when many young philosophers are desperate to engage the model proposed by Chakrabarti and Weber. * Philosophy East and West *
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About Professor Arindam Chakrabarti

Arindam Chakrabarti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Ralph Weber is Assistant Professor for European Global Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
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