Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the by Peter K. J. Park

By Peter K. J. Park

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

In this provocative historiography, Peter okay. J. Park offers a penetrating account of a vital interval within the improvement of philosophy as a tutorial self-discipline. in the course of those a long time, a few ecu philosophers stimulated through Immanuel Kant started to formulate the heritage of philosophy as a march of growth from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted present money owed starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time while ecu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature used to be flourishing. now not with no debate, those traditions have been eventually deemed outdoors the scope of philosophy and relegated to the learn of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the advance of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the a long time of the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what volume was once this exclusion of Africa and Asia because of the the scientization of philosophy? To what volume was once it due to the racism?

This publication comprises the main broad description to be had at any place 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 background of philosophy, and the debate among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over ‘pantheism.’”

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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.

The Second Part begins with the critical analysis of rational (or speculative) philosophy. 24 For de Gérando, history’s testimony was overwhelming. The consequences that follow from the principles and methods of rational philosophy have always been the same. These systems have a pronounced and regular preference for a priori methods, and in these systems ideas are ranked on a ladder from the general to the particular (or from the abstract to the sensible) with the most universal notions and highest abstractions at the summit.

The break from historiographical tradition could not have been more complete: The Kantians favored a priori construction in historical writing and insisted on a definition and criteria for philosophy derived from Kant’s system. While there were a half-dozen Kantians who contributed to the theory of history of philosophy, there were just two Kantians who actually dedicated labor to writing histories of philosophy of The Kantian School 25 any length: Buhle and Tennemann. 113 In the introduction to his Geschichte der Philosophie, Tennemann detailed the flaws of previous histories of philosophy.

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