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How ‘European’ is European Philosophy?

Chatham House, London

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Professor Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy, LMU Munich and Kings College London; Presenter, The History of Philosophy Without any Gaps

Overview

Peter Adamson argues that, in recent years, the philosophy community has worried about the Eurocentric nature of its standard curriculum, where students are routinely taken from Plato and Aristotle (4th c. BC) to Descartes (17th c. AD) and other modern European thinkers. But what about the contribution of other philosophical cultures?

This brief lecture will focus on two such cultures, those of ancient India and the Islamic world, and argue that these relate to European philosophy in very different ways. This, according to Adamson, raises the question of what we might mean by calling the thought of other cultures "philosophy" in the first place.