The project team will share syllabi from faculty who teach on the theme of cosmopolitanism or circulation and translation of knowledge, east and west.
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Far from being isolated civilizations that historically had little or no contact with one another until only recently, the cultural complexes of Europe, South and East Asia have undergone major periods of commerce, political conflict and dialogue for at least the last 2,500 years. This lecture series will explore some of the most important philosophical engagements of Western thinkers from the eighteenth century to the twentieth centuries, such as Leibniz, Montesquieu, Schopenhauer, and Dewey with various aspects of South and East Asian thought, and their attempts to appropriate various aspects, as they understood them, of these traditions, especially their “metaphysical,” “logical,” “scientific” and “ethical” dimensions into their own worldviews and agendas. We will also explore these very aspects of South and East Asian thought that intrigued modern to contemporary Western thinkers, such as classical Indian scholastic argumentation, Chinese yin-yang theory and ethics in their own intellectual and cultural context, and examine how Western values and projects look in their lights. Nationally and internationally renowned scholars in related fields will be joining us throughout the term. Following the journey of recent centuries of dialogue between these civilizations will hopefully prompt further, but better-informed and multi-perspectival reflection on the present and future of Western and Asian intellectual and global relations.
University of King’s College, Fall 2014
Jamil Ragep and Peter Barker
University of Oklahoma, Spring 1998
University of Toronto, Summer 2008
University of Toronto, Summer 2014
This course will examine the significance of the natural philosophy of traditional Chinese science in relation to modern science. It will address three questions in comparative philosophy of science that generate intense debate and controversy. Did Chinese natural philosophy hinder the development of modern science in China despite China’s long history of technological lead over Europe? Has Chinese natural philosophy become more compatible with modern science after the discoveries of quantum physics, chaos theory, and the ecological sciences? Can Chinese natural philosophy resolve current environmental problems by teaching us how to promote more harmonious relations with nature?
University of Toronto, Fall 2007