Fall 2021 not offered
Philosophy is not now, nor has it ever been, narrowly confined to one culture, tradition, or civilization. As European and then American power reached around the world in recent centuries, so too have Euro-American philosophical traditions acquired a global audience, but other philosophical traditions did not disappear. These other ways of approaching philosophy have been re-emerging or reconstituting themselves--sometimes drawing on and sometimes contesting assumptions from the Euro-American traditions--in what can loosely be called our post-colonial world. This course asks what "philosophy" means in these different contexts and explores how philosophy was and is done within various traditions. In addition, we probe and assess distinct approaches to making philosophy more global, which at the very least must mean more cognizant of the presence of multiple ways of doing philosophy.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Readings for the class will include Tim Connolly, Doing Philosophy Comparatively; Bryan Van Norden, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto; and a range of articles that both exemplify various philosophical traditions, and challenge the possibility of doing philosophy in a global or comparative way.
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Assignments for the class include two 6-page essays, both with mandatory re-writes; several short writing assignments; and a take-home final.
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