After Appropriation: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion
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After Appropriation: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion

By Morny Joy (editor)
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While there have been a number of specialized books in the field of comparative philosophy, and many in the field of comparative religion, there are few scholars who can address both disciplines. Furthermore, when these disciplines are virtually mutually exclusive, as in Western academia, a full appreciation of non-Western approaches to either religion or philosophy is not easily attained, and distortions, such as appropriation, often occur. Within the last ten years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of a number of Western scholars to try to address these deficiencies.A unique workshop held at the University of Calgary in 2007 marked the beginning of an interdisciplinary project to bring together scholars from both fields for discussion on a regular basis. After Appropriation consists of thirteen essays stemming from the workshop, each of which addresses an issue or illustrates a problem in the interdisciplinary field of comparative religion and philosophy as it is presently conceived. Many misappropriations and exclusions have arisen from the Western tendency to reduce and manipulate the ideas and values of non-Western religions and philosophies to fit within Western concepts and categories. How might comparative philosophy and religion change if the concepts and categories of non-Western philosophies and religions were taken as primary? This book explores this question through analytic and phenomenological Western approaches, infused with fresh strategies and modalities derived from or inspired by non-Western traditions. In a world of increasing pluralism and continuing globalization, there is a growing need to elevate discussion of these issues to a more sophisticated level. A truly groundbreaking collection, After Appropriation inaugurates an entirely new integrative discipline of comparative religion and philosophy, and the exceptional calibre and wide spectrum of the books scholarship will stimulate and propel further interest in this pivotal and fruitful direction. Contributors: Tamara Albertini, Arindam Chakrabarti, Francis X. Clooney, Christopher G. Framarin, Katrin Froese, Morny Joy, Chen-kuo Lin, Dan Lusthaus, Michael McGhee, Michael Oppenheim, Tinu Ruparell, Vincent Shen, and Ahmad F. Yousif.

Table of Contents
  • Open Access Page
  • Cover
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Comparative Studies in Philosophy/Religion and Dialogue as Mutual “Strangification” (Waitui 外推)
  • The Philosopher as Stranger: The Idea of Comparative Philosophy
  • Locating Intercultural Philosophy in Relation to Religion
  • The Connecting Manas: Inner Sense, Common Sense, or the Organ of Imagination
  • Studying the “Other”: Challenges and Prospects of Muslim Scholarship on World Religions
  • The Vices of Ethics: The Critique of Morality in Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Daoism
  • Comparative Philosophy of Religion and Modern Jewish Philosophy: A Conversation
  • Philosophy, Medicine, Science, and Boundaries
  • Religious Intellectual Texts as a Site for Intercultural Philosophical and Theological Reflection: The Case of the Śrīmad Rahasyatrayasāra and the Traité de l’Amour de Dieu
  • Phenomenology of Awakening in Zhiyi’s Tiantai Philosophy
  • Ibn Rushd or Averroës? Of Double Names and Double Truths: A Different Approach to Islamic Philosophy
  • The Use of Lakṣaṇā in Indian Exegesis
  • Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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