By Peter K. J. Park
“A historic research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from sleek histories of philosophy.
In this provocative historiography, Peter okay. J. Park presents a penetrating account of a vital interval within the improvement of philosophy as an educational self-discipline. in the course of those a long time, a few ecu philosophers inspired by way of Immanuel Kant started to formulate the heritage of philosophy as a march of development from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted current money owed starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time while ecu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature used to be flourishing. now not with no debate, those traditions have been eventually deemed open air the scope of philosophy and relegated to the research of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the advance of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the a long time of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what quantity was once this exclusion of Africa and Asia because of the the scientization of philosophy? To what volume was once it because of the racism?
This booklet comprises the main huge description on hand wherever of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures at the historical past of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the background of philosophy, and the talk among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over ‘pantheism.’”
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The initial chapters are devoted to discussing the design of the Histoire comparée, the historiography of philosophy, and the question of the origins of philosophy. These are followed by chapters presenting the facts of the systems of philosophy in the order of their historical chronology. But what makes the Histoire comparée original and unprecedented is its Second Part: a comparative analysis of systems of philosophy. With respect to the principles of human knowledge, systems of philosophy fell into one or another of de Gérando’s six asymmetrical classes: rationalism, empiricism, idealism, materialism, dogmatism, and skepticism.
44 That is, he required them to be acquainted with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Reinhold was not happy and would not be happy until a Kantian thinker wrote the history of philosophy. 49 The history of philosophy as presented by Johann Heinrich Alsted, Gerhard Johannes Voss, and Daniel Georg Morhof, “for whom philosophy itself . . 53 The Polyhistor literarius is divided into seven sections: libraries, method, excerpting, grammar, criticism, rhetoric, and poetics. The Polyhistor philosophicus is divided into the history of philosopy (Polyhistor philosophicus-historicus), covering the ancient schools, the Scholastics, and the Novatores as well as the history of natural philosophy (Polyhistor physicus) including metaphyics (in the Aristotelian sense), the artes divinatoriae, magic, mathematics, and, finally, the theory of knowledge.
72 The Kantians may have claimed that Kant had strictly shown the limits of the human faculties of knowledge, but the Popularphilosophen claimed that they had always assumed these limits as a given. Heydenreich complained of the “skeptics” who “cannot persuade themselves that Kant’s critical system is new and singular, the first and last of its kind. 74 20 Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy Like Kant, Heydenreich did not say who these critics were or what they argued exactly, but he could well have been referring to the first reviewer of the Critique of Pure Reason.
Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830 by Peter K. J. Park