Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the by Peter K. J. Park

By Peter K. J. Park

A old research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from glossy histories of philosophy.

In this provocative historiography, Peter okay. J. Park offers a penetrating account of a very important interval within the improvement of philosophy as an educational self-discipline. in the course of those a long time, a couple of ecu philosophers motivated by way of Immanuel Kant started to formulate the background of philosophy as a march of growth from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted current bills starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time whilst ecu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature was once flourishing. no longer with out debate, those traditions have been finally deemed outdoors the scope of philosophy and relegated to the examine of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the improvement of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the a long time of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what volume used to be this exclusion of Africa and Asia because of the the scientization of philosophy? To what volume was once it as a result of the racism?

This booklet comprises the main large description on hand anyplace of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures at the background of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the historical past of philosophy, and the talk among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over “pantheism.”

Africa, Asia, and the background of Philosophy is an interesting research of racism and Eurocentrism in eighteenth century works on historical past of philosophy.” — Journal of the Society for modern concept and the Islamicate World

“Now, ultimately, we've got an outstanding account of … the exclusion of Asian and African texts from the canon of global philosophy … an acute, severe narrative that are supposed to strength philosophers to reconsider disreputable pillars in their tradition.” — Chronicle Review

“What makes Park’s quantity special is the author’s proactive technique … Park takes sedulous care in exposing cracks within the heritage of philosophy’s origin, and digs deeper to check how each one crack is attached … in his reconsideration of the background of philosophy, Park heavily engages the racism nonetheless to be discovered at paintings in philosophy today.” — Radical Philosophy

Africa, Asia, and the heritage of Philosophy is a great addition to a overlooked sector within the heritage of rules. Philosophy has lengthy suffered from exclusions that continue us from totally appreciating the contributions to our box from Africa and Asia. Park’s ebook uncovers a number of the resources of philosophy’s exclusionary practices. The old element is impressive.” — Elizabeth Millán, writer of Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy

Peter ok. J. Park is Assistant Professor of historic experiences on the college of Texas at Dallas. he's the coeditor (with Douglas T. McGetchin and Damodar SarDesai) of Sanskrit and ‘Orientalism’: Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany, 1750–1958.

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