Thursday, December 21, 2017
For a diverse philosophy
I ran across this really cool article about the relevance of philosophy to daily life and professional careers. More than this, it highlights the importance of studying philosophies from the non-Western canon. China and India apparently have very well-developed bodies of formal, written thought that can expand our understanding of the human condition and reality because they approach these things from a different angle than Aristotle and his descendants. The author also argues for more exposure of students and professors to philosophy from less-prominent voices within the modern West (Afro-Americans, feminists, Latin Americans), as well as Native American and African philosophies of the past and present. I don't know much about philosophy, but the author's arguments make sense to me.