Misguided ideal of placeless universality

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"Inattention to the peculiarities of a philosophy's own place and to philosophy in other places confuses the admirable aspiration for greater objectivity with a misguided ideal of placeless universality.

Ideas are neither tightly tethered to specific cultures nor free-floating, universal and placeless. Like people, they are formed by a culture but can travel.

If we truly aspire to a more objective understanding of the world, we have to make use of the advantages to be gained by occupying different intellectual places.

Doing so with reverence but not deference to the past and present of other cultures could help us transform our own philosophical landscapes."

- Julian Baggini; 'How the World Thinks'

 

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