After Appropriation: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion

Morny Joy (Editor)


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December 2011

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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 book's 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
Ahmad F. Yousif


About the Author

Morny Joy is University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and has published extensively in the area of women, philosophy, and religion. She is author of Divine Love: Luce Irigaray, Women, Gender and Religion.

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Comparative Studies in Philosophy/Religion and Dialogue as Mutual "Strangification" (Waitui)
Vincent Shen
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The Philosopher as Stranger: The Idea of Comparative Philosophy
Michael McGhee
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Locating Intercultural Philosophy in Relation to Religion
Tinu Ruparell
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The Connecting Manas: Inner Sense, Common Sense, or the Organ of Imagination
Arindam Chakrabarti
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Studying the "Other" : Challenges and Prospects of Muslim Scholarship on World Religions
Ahmad F. Yousif
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The Vices of Ethics: The Critique of Morality in Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Daoism
Katrin Froese
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Comparative Philosophy of Religion and Modern Jewish Philosophy: A Conversation
Michael Oppenheim
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Philosophy, Medicine, Science, and Boundaries
Dan Lusthaus
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Religious Intellectual Texts as a Site for Intercultural Philosophical and Theological Reflection: The Case of the Srimad Rahasyatrayasara and the Traité de l'Amour de Dieu
Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
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Phenomenology of Awakening in Zhiyi's Tiantai Philosophy
Chen-kuo Lin
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Ibn Rushd or Averroës? Of Double Names and Double Truths: A Different Approach to Islamic Philosophy
Tamara Albertini
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The Use of Laksana in Indian Exegesis
Christopher G. Framarin
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Women's Rights as Human Rights: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion
Morny Joy
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Notes on Contributors
Index
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