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Anthony F. Shaker, McGill University, Canada
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That we are now entering a post-Western world is no longer merely a thesis in international studies. Scholars interpret this development with sophisticated social, economic and political models of analysis. But what does the dissolution of “Western” hegemony signify for humanity’s rich inheritance, learning traditions, and the civilizing role of philosophy in the quest for wisdom? How can this inheritance assist us today? Reintroducing Philosophy seeks a more realistic framework for discourse on these questions than the Western-centric worldview that continues to be taught in schools, almost by rote. It analyzes themes from several world traditions in logic, knowledge and metaphysics connected with the quest for completeness of thinking. While thinking was not generally considered divorced from being, by tradition, making “practice” and the “phenomenal world” the focal point of philosophy muddled this completeness. Reflection on knowing and being has a lengthy history that dates back at least to the Presocratics. Dr. Shaker examines their relation based on sources as varied as Leibniz and Frege, Qūnawī and Ṣadrā, ancient Greek and classical Indian and Chinese thought. He brings into the discussion the paradigm (unmūzaj) that Ṣadrā presented as that of man’s being in the world, and which encapsulates philosophy’s longstanding view of thinking as the gathering of civilization. Neither a comparative nor historical study per se, Reintroducing Philosophy is based on a concentrated reading of these sources. It includes detailed discussions on the ancient Greek medical concept of causation, the Sanskrit concepts of prameya (object known) and pramātā (knower), the Chinese intelligentsia’s understanding of ancient scriptures and the reaction to “Western” intellectual challenges. Contemporary thought has taken shape in the 150 years, the short time during which the “West” (America, England and France) has largely dominated the rest of the world. But human civilization had already been global and advanced by then—indeed, much more developed than, say, England during its industrial revolution. But little of this is reflected either in the current debate or in our educational institutions. It is only normal, therefore, that so many reflective people—not just erudite scholars—should seek a more realistic framework within which to discuss what, after all, are humanity’s deepest concerns, and with it a more natural course of history.
James Beauregard, Rivier University et al.
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312pp. ¦ $65 £49 €56
‘The Person at the Crossroads: A Philosophical Approach’ brings together scholars from around the world who share a common interest in the nature and activity of the human person. Personhood is examined from a variety of perspectives, both philosophical and theological, drawing on the rich traditions of both Western and Eastern thought. Readers will find themselves on a journey through the works of past and current scholars including, Confucius, Augustine, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Horace Bushnell, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michael Polanyi, Rudolf Carnap, Karol Wojtyla, Erazim Kohak, and many other authors who touch upon the personalist tradition and the human person. This volume will be of particular interest to readers interested in the nature of the human person, as well as philosophy and theology undergraduate and graduate students and professors teaching in these areas.
Seminal Essays on African Systems of Thought
Jonathan O. Chimakonam, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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346pp. ¦ $56 £42 €48
“Logic and African Philosophy: Seminal Essays on African Systems of Thought” aims to put African intellectual history in perspective, with focus on the subjects of racism, logic, language, and psychology. The volume seeks to fill in the gaps left by the exclusion of African thinkers that are frequent in the curricula of African schools concerning history, sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies. The book is divided into four parts that are preceded by an introduction to link up the essays and emphasise their sociological implications. Part one is comprised of essays that opened the controversy of whether logic can be found in traditional African cultures as well as other matters like the nature of the mind and behaviour of African peoples. The essays in part two are centred on the following question: are the laws of thought present in African languages and cultures? Part three brings together essays that sparkle the debate on whether there can be such a thing as African logic, which stems from the discussions in part two. Part four is concerned on the theme of system-building in logic; contributions are written by members of the budding African philosophy movement called the “Conversational School of Philosophy” based at the University of Calabar, and the main objective of their papers is to formulate systems of African logic.
V. C. Thomas, Centre for Phenomenological Sciences, India
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Known as the founder of the phenomenological movement, this book examines Husserl’s various phases of phenomenology during his realist, transcendental, static, genetic, and post-Crisis (of European Sciences) periods. Consisting of ten carefully researched and thoroughly examined essays, this book describes Husserl’s concepts and ideas through numerous examples and diagrammatic representations, in a bid to elucidate the nuances of phenomenology for its readers. Valuable insights into Husserl’s realist phase are made in the chapter on Meaning, and the chapters on Natural Attitude, Epoché and Phenomenological Reduction, while the chapter on Noesis & Noema symbolizes the transcendental phase. Thomas points out Husserl’s transition from static to genetic phenomenology in the chapter on Lived Body, with the chapters on Lifeworld, and the Notion of the Other, later focusing on this perspective. Husserl’s entire phenomenological space, including his pre-phenomenological period, are covered in the chapter on Lived Time. However, the chapters on Phenomenology: The Study of Self and Beyond, and Consciousness and Intentionality are the fulcrums upon which the edifice of phenomenology turns. The final chapter on Presuppositionlessness in phenomenology expresses Thomas’ personal enquiries into Husserl’s contention that phenomenology is a presuppositionless science. This book will be of particular interest to research scholars and post-graduate students in the areas of Philosophy and Social Sciences, as well as those interested in contemporary Western Philosophy, and the history and development of Ideas.