Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy
Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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List of Figures
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One agency, two foundations, and many, many people made this book possible. I would like to thank first my teachers: Peter Reill, Margaret Jacob, Richard Popkin, and James Wald. I would like to thank the peo-ple who helped me to improve the manuscript of this book with their criticisms, questions, answers, suggestions, and practical aid. They are ...
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When I began this project more than a decade ago, I did not consider that racism could have been involved in the formation of the modern canon of philosophy. Having paid little attention to Christoph Mein-ers, I could not have suspected that the racist arguments of this half-forgotten anthropological writer of the late eighteenth century lay at ...
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In the modern university, courses on the history of philosophy intro-duce students to philosophy as a discipline.1 History of philosophy courses alternate with logic courses as ways to teach students the canon of philosophy in more than one sense of the word canon. By recounting philosophyâs past (what philosophy was), the history of ...
Chapter 1: The Kantian School and the Consolidation of Modern Historiography of Philosophy
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...aspect, in its divine striving after truth without concealing its weaknesses, since it shows us its aberrations and entanglements in vain whimsy; it gives us a faithful painting of the transience In 1791, Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1758â1825), the important early exponent of Immanuel Kantâs philosophy, decried the lack of agree-...
Chapter 2: The Birth of Comparative History of Philosophy: Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie
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...[T]he first glance cast on the history of philosophy does not give, one must admit, all the satisfaction that one could have expected. swiftly destroyed; a diversity of opinions . . . , sects, even par-ings, barren speculations, errors upheld and spread through blind reforms heralded in each century but never carried out; a succes-...
Chapter 3: India in Friedrich Schlegel’s Comparative History of Philosophy
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Philosophy is nothing other than history of philosophy if one under-From these investigations it emerges sufficiently that the Indians time, we lack only sufficient documents to be able to incorporate Friedrich Schlegel (1772â1829) was a wonderfully erratic personality. His career path led him through literary criticism, university lecturing, ...
Chapter 4: The Exclusion of Africa and Asia from the History of Philosophy: The Formation of the Kantian Position
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...by self-racialization, the affirmation of proper racial identity and (secondarily) of oneâs own superiority, or by other-racialization, the affirmation of racial difference centered on the inferiority or mal-feasance of the Other. Whereas other-racialization is finalized by the relation of domination, itself reinforced by those of oppression ...
Chapter 5: Systematic Inclusion of Africa and Asia under Absolute Idealism: Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s Histories of Philosophy
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The life of philosophy is a harmonious one, and hence the history of philosophy must be a harmonious one. That is, it must reveal philosophy itself; how each developed in its particularity, how one life flowed out of itself into multiplicity, and finally how the forms, as external life, resolved themselves and flowed back into ...
Chapter 6: Absolute Idealism Reverts to the Kantian Position: Hegel’s Exclusion of Africa and Asia
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History, especially the history of philosophy, is the history of the Spirit, the Spirit of the world, as it apprehends itself. It is not the What this history presents to us is the succession of noble minds, power of this reason immersed in the essence of things, nature, In the early decades of the nineteenth century, some German Orien-...
Chapter 7: The Comparative History of Philosophy in August Tholuck’s Polemic against Hegel
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Among historians of philosophy of his generation, Hegel was excep-tional in his antipathy toward the Orient, which went far beyond his disdain for the moral teachings of Confucius and the abstract thought in Indian texts. His judgment of Oriental (including Egyp-tian) religion and art was resoundingly negative as well. Scholars ...
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The historiographers of philosophy are nearly unanimous that the writing of the history of philosophy changed fundamentally in the late eighteenth century. I argued above that Kantian philosophers were the central agents of âreform.â The methods that characterize modern historical practice, such as textual criticism and writing history from ...
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Publication Year: 2013