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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198757405.001.0001

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Postscript: Philosophy Without Borders

Postscript: Philosophy Without Borders

(p.341) Postscript: Philosophy Without Borders
Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

This postscript discusses the nature and ambitions of cross-cultural philosophy. It distinguishes cross-cultural philosophy from an older project of comparative philosophy, and argues that philosophy should be a cosmopolitan undertaking. A cross-cultural philosophy claims that it is methodologically essential to consider theories from a plurality of cultural locations if one’s ambition is to discover a fundamental theory true of the human mind as such. So philosophy should be ‘borderless’, straddling geographical and cultural divisions. To think across cultures and languages is somewhat akin to perceiving with two eyes rather one, in that one gains a depth of vision not available in monocular sight.

Keywords:   cross-cultural philosophy, cosmopolitanism, Arindam Chakrabarti, philosophical naturalism, Buddhist philosophy, cognitive science, stance pluralism, philosophy of mind, Buddhaghosa, intuitions

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