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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