Why Comparative Philosophy Matters
Prof Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan University, La Trobe University China Studies Research Centre Visiting Fellow)

November 16, 2016, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Philosophy program, La Trobe University

MAR 369 (Martin Building, Level 3, Room 369)
La Trobe University Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne 3086
Australia

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Abstract

Beginning in the late eighteenth-century, an understanding of “philosophy” emerged in Europe (and later in North America) that consciously excluded both the histories of non-Western philosophies and comparative philosophy. Exclusion benefitted comparative philosophy in some ways, since it has largely avoided the Eurocentric teleology that has characterized several other comparative disciplines. Still, it is past time for the exclusion to end. This lecture explores the meaning and importance of comparative philosophy, both for philosophy and for our world.

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