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Ethnophilosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Pragmatism: Toward a Philosophy of Ethnoscapes

Ethnophilosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Pragmatism: Toward a Philosophy of Ethnoscapes COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Ethnophilosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Pragmatism: Toward a Philosophy of Ethnoscapes Associate Researcher EHESS Paris In this essay I would like to reflect on the place of philosophy within a ``globalized'' world and reconsider its status as a phenomenon that is potentially linked to a ``local'' culture. Whenever we question the authority of ``general'' truths and we look for ways of integrating ``local discourses'' into the overall construction called ``global philosophy,'' we come across the old idea of ``ethnophilosophy.'' Far from suggesting ethnophilosophy as a model for the philosophy of the future, I intend to rethink certain themes of ethnophilosophy and contrast them with disciplines such as ``comparative philosophy'' and pragmatism. I will sketch an approach that I believe to be appropriate for the development of philosophy in times of globalization. One of the negative undertones of the term ``globalization'' is that it is seen as a uniformizing and flattening power that eliminates existing cultural differences. On the other hand, there is an important side effect of globalization represented by those movements acting against it, stressing the importance of ``localization'' or ``regionalization.'' Ethnophilosophy, in spite of its outdated origin and its potential dangers, remains interesting as an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Ethnophilosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Pragmatism: Toward a Philosophy of Ethnoscapes

Philosophy East and West , Volume 56 (1) – Mar 1, 2006

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COMMENT AND DISCUSSION Ethnophilosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Pragmatism: Toward a Philosophy of Ethnoscapes Associate Researcher EHESS Paris In this essay I would like to reflect on the place of philosophy within a ``globalized'' world and reconsider its status as a phenomenon that is potentially linked to a ``local'' culture. Whenever we question the authority of ``general'' truths and we look for ways of integrating ``local discourses'' into the overall construction called ``global philosophy,'' we come across the old idea of ``ethnophilosophy.'' Far from suggesting ethnophilosophy as a model for the philosophy of the future, I intend to rethink certain themes of ethnophilosophy and contrast them with disciplines such as ``comparative philosophy'' and pragmatism. I will sketch an approach that I believe to be appropriate for the development of philosophy in times of globalization. One of the negative undertones of the term ``globalization'' is that it is seen as a uniformizing and flattening power that eliminates existing cultural differences. On the other hand, there is an important side effect of globalization represented by those movements acting against it, stressing the importance of ``localization'' or ``regionalization.'' Ethnophilosophy, in spite of its outdated origin and its potential dangers, remains interesting as an

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Published: Mar 1, 2006

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