The Hard Cross-Cultural Problem

Recently I’ve been thinking about the notion of cross-cultural philosophy. Despite Leibniz’s best efforts, philosophy as an academic discipline in Europe and America has only recently started to get to grips with non-Western traditions of thought. And whilst philosophers in the West are beginning to wake up to the existence of philosophical traditions from elsewhere, meanwhile—for the last century and a bit—East Asian scholars have been attempting to articulate the unique contributions of Chinese and Japanese traditions of thought to …

Philosophy Salon in Chengdu

Last night was the first Philosophy Salon over at the Bookworm bookshop here in Chengdu. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect: this was a speculative idea that I put forward in a chat with my friends over at the Bookworm shortly after arriving in town a few weeks back. It turned into a reality astonishingly quickly, and so last night I found myself heading across town to lead a discussion about philosophy, wisdom, Aristotle and Confucius. I thought a …