Philosophical Multiculturalism and Its Limits

ABSTRACTThis is a critical examination of Bryan Van Norden’s latest book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. Van Norden’s call for more diversification in philosophical curricula points to an important problem, that is, the predominance of a Western perspective in global philosophy departments. However, the notion of multiculturalism advocated by Van Norden reveals certain limitations when it comes to addressing the structural preconditions that render possible the dominant position of the Western perspective. One possible alternative for the multiculturalist approach might be a global perspective. The recent development of global history and its methodological frames might prove effective in weakening the Western bias in academic philosophy.
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DOI 10.1080/17570638.2019.1613876
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