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Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden (review)

Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden (review) BOOK REVIEW Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. By Bryan W. Van Norden. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. Pp. 248. $26.00. ISBN 978-0-231- 18437-3. Reviewed by Alexandra S. Ilieva University of Cambridge asi22@cam.ac.uk This is a long overdue book calling for a shake-up of Anglo-European Philosophy departments with their exclusive focus on European thought. Bryan W. Van Norden argues that less commonly taught philosophy (LCTP), such as Indian, Chinese, African, Native American etc., goes largely unrecognized by western academic philosophers, to the detriment of the field. Instead, specialists and interested students are forced to move into Area Studies, Religious Studies, or Anthropology departments. Van Norden argues for the recognition of non- western thought as serious philosophy and for its inclusion in Philosophy departments. The book was prompted by the critical responses Van Norden received to a New York Times piece he co-wrote with Jay L. Garfield, wherein they argued that, in the interests of accuracy, Philosophy departments not including LCTP should be renamed as “Anglo-European Philosophy”. Their critics insisted, however, that philosophy originated in ancient Greece where it developed a distinctive methodology of rigorous rational argumentation, and claimed that such rigour is not found anywhere else, thus bestowing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. By Bryan W. Van Norden. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. Pp. 248. $26.00. ISBN 978-0-231- 18437-3. Reviewed by Alexandra S. Ilieva University of Cambridge asi22@cam.ac.uk This is a long overdue book calling for a shake-up of Anglo-European Philosophy departments with their exclusive focus on European thought. Bryan W. Van Norden argues that less commonly taught philosophy (LCTP), such as Indian, Chinese, African, Native American etc., goes largely unrecognized by western academic philosophers, to the detriment of the field. Instead, specialists and interested students are forced to move into Area Studies, Religious Studies, or Anthropology departments. Van Norden argues for the recognition of non- western thought as serious philosophy and for its inclusion in Philosophy departments. The book was prompted by the critical responses Van Norden received to a New York Times piece he co-wrote with Jay L. Garfield, wherein they argued that, in the interests of accuracy, Philosophy departments not including LCTP should be renamed as “Anglo-European Philosophy”. Their critics insisted, however, that philosophy originated in ancient Greece where it developed a distinctive methodology of rigorous rational argumentation, and claimed that such rigour is not found anywhere else, thus bestowing

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Published: Aug 8, 2018

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