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Die Notwendigkeit globaler Philosophie

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When ‘we’ in the West talk about philosophy, we most often mean ‘Western Philosophy’, i. e. philosophy with ancient roots in Greece from the pre-Socratic period onwards until today, thereby neglecting other cultures and traditions, whose history of philosophical thinking is at least as old and important. This neglect of other philosophical traditions is a problem in general, since it is unfair, hegemonic, ignorant, and imprudent. The article argues that there are instrumental as well as intrinsic reasons to diversify and globalize the philosophical canon. Different philosophical traditions should engage more substantially with each other to solve philosophical problems. The idea of global philosophy encourages us to look beyond our respective cultural traditions to improve on our current approach of solving philosophical problems by our own lights.

Dies ist ein (leicht gekürzter) Vorabdruck meines Beitrags in Rainer Forst u. Klaus Günther (Hg.), Normative Ordnungen, Suhrkamp: Berlin 2021 (i. V.). Autor und Zeitschrift danken dem Verlag und Hg. für die Vorabdrucksgenehmigung.


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