William Edelglass and Jay L. Garfield

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article begins by rejecting the widespread belief that one's own culture is the only one in which philosophical thought has or even could emerge, and discusses the long history of intercultural philosophical influence. It presents the reasons why serious students of philosophy and professional philosophers should expand their gaze beyond a single culture. It also sets out the purpose of the book, which is to make salient the diversity of the world's philosophical traditions as well as the real possibility of increased interaction. Readers are urged to take seriously the possibility of fruitful philosophical engagement across cultural boundaries.

Keywords: philosophy; philosophical influence; cultural influence; cultural exchange

Article.  1946 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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