This discussion group aims to explore what comparative philosophy is, and how to do it. There is an increasing awareness of the value of dialogue between different traditions on a wide range of philosophical topics. However, there is a lack of consensus on what the aims of comparative philosophy are, and how it ought to be conducted. Worries have been raised about the potential pitfalls of comparative work, such as a tendency to assume the primacy of one tradition over the other. But what would it mean to take a “balanced approach” in response to this worry? Is there an external standpoint from which we can do comparative philosophy? What, if anything, is global philosophy? The discussion group will centre on four readings covering a range of traditions that will address these questions.
When: Tuesdays on Odd Weeks, 7-9pm
Where: Ryle Room, Faculty of Philosophy (Radcliffe Humanities)
You are strongly encouraged to complete the readings before each meeting