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By Peter K. J. Park

A historic research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from sleek histories of philosophy.

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

This ebook contains the main large description on hand anyplace of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures at the historical past of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the heritage 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 background of principles. Philosophy has lengthy suffered from exclusions that continue us from absolutely appreciating the contributions to our box from Africa and Asia. Park’s e-book uncovers a few of the assets of philosophy’s exclusionary practices. The historic element is impressive.” — Elizabeth Millán, writer of Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy

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127 The history of a people, the biography of an individual, and the history of philosophy itself were given as examples of history in the narrower sense. Contra Grohmann, Tennemann held that chronology is essential to every kind of history, including the history of philosophy. ”128 Contra Reinhold, who had argued that the history of philosophy had nothing to do with events in time and space, Tennemann held a heterodox position. He stated that events in the history of philosophy related both internally to human consciousness and externally to the world.

84 If this were true, the Kantians could not claim that Kant’s philosophy represented a real advance over the Leibnizio-Wolffian system. Claims of a “Copernican revolution” effected by the new philosophy would be unfounded. In Eberhard’s view, there was no real progress in philosophy since the time of Leibniz and Wolff. The first counterattacks came from Reinhold and another Kantian, A. W. Rehburg, through articles and reviews that appeared in the Jena-based Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung, but the Wolffians’ provo- The Kantian School 21 cation was too great: Kant broke a personal vow not to engage in controveries with his critics and wrote a rare polemical piece, On the Discovery According to Which Any New Critique of Pure Reason Has Been Made Superfluous by an Earlier One?

17 That issues relating to the history of philosophy drew more attention in the 1790s than at any other time in the eighteenth century was due partly to the radical changes in the political and social order of Europe then occurring and philosophical reflection in Germany (as elsewhere) on the meaning of these changes for the history and destiny of humanity. ”19 One should note that Reinhold’s essay, “Ueber den Begrif der Geschichte der Philosophie” (“On the Concept of History of Philosophy”), was published in a journal wholly devoted to the theoretical discussion of the history of philosophy: Beyträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie, edited by Georg Gustav Fülleborn.

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