By Peter K. J. Park

ISBN-10: 143844642X

ISBN-13: 9781438446424

ISBN-10: 1438446438

ISBN-13: 9781438446431

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

In this provocative historiography, Peter okay. J. Park presents a penetrating account of a very important interval within the improvement of philosophy as a tutorial self-discipline. in the course of those many years, a variety of eu philosophers inspired through Immanuel Kant started to formulate the heritage of philosophy as a march of development from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted present bills starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time while eu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature was once flourishing. no longer with no debate, those traditions have been eventually deemed outdoor the scope of philosophy and relegated to the examine of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the advance of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the many years of the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what volume used to be this exclusion of Africa and Asia as a result of the the scientization of philosophy? To what quantity was once it due to the racism?

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

Africa, Asia, and the historical past of Philosophy is a great addition to a ignored region within the historical past of principles. Philosophy has lengthy suffered from exclusions that retain us from absolutely appreciating the contributions to our box from Africa and Asia. Park’s publication uncovers a few of the resources of philosophy’s exclusionary practices. The old aspect is impressive.” — Elizabeth Millán, writer of Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy

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Reinhold was not happy and would not be happy until a Kantian thinker wrote the history of philosophy. 49 The history of philosophy as presented by Johann Heinrich Alsted, Gerhard Johannes Voss, and Daniel Georg Morhof, “for whom philosophy itself . . 53 The Polyhistor literarius is divided into seven sections: libraries, method, excerpting, grammar, criticism, rhetoric, and poetics. The Polyhistor philosophicus is divided into the history of philosopy (Polyhistor philosophicus-historicus), covering the ancient schools, the Scholastics, and the Novatores as well as the history of natural philosophy (Polyhistor physicus) including metaphyics (in the Aristotelian sense), the artes divinatoriae, magic, mathematics, and, finally, the theory of knowledge.

Heydenreich complained of the “skeptics” who “cannot persuade themselves that Kant’s critical system is new and singular, the first and last of its kind. 74 20 Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy Like Kant, Heydenreich did not say who these critics were or what they argued exactly, but he could well have been referring to the first reviewer of the Critique of Pure Reason. 78 Others compared Kant to David Hume. 82 Eberhard carried out his polemic in a journal founded specifically to combat Kantianism, Philosophisches Magazin, edited by himself and J.

He greatly disagreed with that author, who set out to demonstrate the shortcomings of other philosophical systems on the basis of his abstract principles. He would, in contrast, determine any shortcomings a posteriori. 9 De Gérando recognized, however, that such vast and varied information made a general and comprehensive history of philosophy too difficult and unappealing. He was offering, therefore, what he believed to be a more effective method of study. It was a remarkable stroke of originality.

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