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PHILOSOPHY AND CROSS-CULTURAL CONVERSATION: SOME COMMENTS ON THE PROJECT OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

ANINDITA N. BALSLEV
Metaphilosophy
Vol. 28, No. 4, SPECIAL ISSUE: INTERNATIONALISM IN PHILOSOPHY (October 1997), pp. 359-370
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24438991
Page Count: 12
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PHILOSOPHY AND CROSS-CULTURAL CONVERSATION: SOME COMMENTS ON THE PROJECT OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
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Abstract

This paper seeks to highlight the East-West asymmetry in philosophical exchanges. It draws attention to the absence of Eastern thought in the curriculum of philosophy in the West and suggests that cliches and stereotypes about cultures in general and thought-traditions in particular are perpetuated in this manner. The aim of the paper is to encourage 'cross-cultural conversation' among philosophers. A critical review of the project of 'comparative philosophy' is made to disclose the fact that despite the difficulties of such an endeavor, it is an attempt to bring thought-traditions together and is thereby useful for promoting intercultural understanding.

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