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By Wei Zhang

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ISBN-13: 9780791467510

ISBN-10: 1423766873

ISBN-13: 9781423766872

Explores the cross-cultural endeavors of Rorty and Heidegger, rather how this paintings addresses the probabilities of comparative philosophy itself.

Wei Zhang joins the continued hermeneutic quest for figuring out and appropriating the East-West come across and cross-cultural engagement through exploring Martin Heidegger’s and Richard Rorty’s cross-cultural encounters with jap thinkers. Zhang starts by way of reading Rorty’s correspondence with Indian thinker Anindita N. Balslev, outlining their debate in regards to the self-discipline of comparative philosophy and curriculum reform, in addition to the character or foundation of philosophy itself. She then makes a speciality of the discussion among Heidegger and a eastern professor touching on the character of human language and discusses even if Heidegger’s view of language allows a real realizing among East and West or even if it admits simply false impression and prejudice are attainable. eventually, the writer provides a conceptual discussion with Heidegger’s fundamental textual content on hermeneutics and phenomenology, Ontology—The Hermeneutics of Facticity. using the dialogues and correspondence among Heidegger, Rorty, and the jap thinkers as textual examples, Zhang deconstructs and recovers layers of misconceptions of many of the interpretations of the East-West encounter.

“Zhang Wei has written a compelling book.” — Dao: A magazine of Comparative Philosophy

“A well timed, clever comparison.”­­ — Joan Stambaugh, translator of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time: A Translation of Sein und Zeit

“The publication tackles probably the most vital matters in glossy philosophy: ones about the risk and behavior of comparative philosophy. because the international rushes towards turning into an international financial group, questions pertaining to cross-cultural research, communique, and knowing have taken on exact value. The methods of globalization promise a lot yet current urgent social and political demanding situations in addition. despite the fact that, for purposes reminiscent of these distinctive during this publication, we've seen some distance too many students who've sat and scratched their heads, not just considering the place to start yet undermining the efforts of others by means of arguing opposed to the very chance of comparative philosophy.” — Douglas W. Shrader Jr., coauthor of Pathways to Philosophy: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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For instance, Edmund Husserl, in his Philosophy and the Crisis of Humanities, strongly objected to locating Chinese and Indian philosophy on the same “plane” with that of Greek philosophy, and states that one should not be blind to “the most essential difference of principle” in the intellectual systems between the West and the East. ” 33 Philosophy and Cultural Otherness 37 More recently, there are voices contesting Western philosophy’s self-understanding sanctified by its canonical thinkers. Philosophy was not always born from “the love of wisdom” and motivated by a “pure understanding” of the nature of the world in mathematical entities and abstract principles; nor has the search for knowledge been merely orientated for the sake of knowledge alone.

From 1979 to 1982, Rorty published two important collections of essays, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature and Consequences of Pragmatism, in which Rorty tells stories about the history of philosophy to different audiences at different occasions. ” In the modern era, and especially in the modern Cartesian tradition, philosophy was expected “to uncover the grounds of knowledge,” and a philosopher was to be the “epistemological police,” safeguarding the truth. ” 9 To this end, the philosophers of the postmodern age should transform themselves into “cultural critics,” 10 who can charm “hermetic thinkers” out of their “self-enclosed practices” for a discussion or conversation.

21 It seems, according to Warnke , the only effective way to converse with Rorty is to become irrational like Rorty himself. ” Why did he stick with the European tradition and “the conversation of Europe” for no better reasons than simply because they are, his own? Instead of praising virtues such as truth-seeking and morality-driving, why did he also include the names such as Hitler and Stalin into the conversation of Europe? 22 Philosophy and the “Theme of Otherness”—a Cultural Critique Offered by Balslev and Others In Balslev’s viewpoint, Rorty’s irrationalism and ethnocentric position on philosophy is by no means an isolated instance, but typify an intri- Philosophy and Cultural Otherness 33 cate connection between the question of the Other and the production of ideas in the Western academy of philosophy.

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