By Peter K. J. Park
A ancient research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from sleek histories of philosophy.
In this provocative historiography, Peter ok. J. Park presents a penetrating account of a very important interval within the improvement of philosophy as a tutorial self-discipline. in the course of those many years, a variety of ecu philosophers encouraged via Immanuel Kant started to formulate the background of philosophy as a march of development from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted latest money owed starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time whilst eu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature was once flourishing. now not with out debate, those traditions have been finally deemed outdoor the scope of philosophy and relegated to the examine of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the improvement of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the a long time of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what quantity was once this exclusion of Africa and Asia as a result of the the scientization of philosophy? To what volume was once it due to the racism?
This publication comprises the main large description to be had anyplace of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures at the background of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the historical past of philosophy, and the controversy among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over “pantheism.”
“Africa, Asia, and the background of Philosophy is a welcome boost to a missed quarter within the heritage of rules. Philosophy has lengthy suffered from exclusions that hold us from totally appreciating the contributions to our box from Africa and Asia. Park’s ebook uncovers a few of the resources of philosophy’s exclusionary practices. The ancient element is impressive.” — Elizabeth Millán, writer of Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy
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Certainly, the opponents of Kantian philosophy remained unconvinced. One such opponent was Friedrich Nicolai (1733–1811), the literary critic and editor of Briefe, die neueste Literatur betreffend, his collaboration with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Moses Mendelssohn from 1759 to 1765. He edited the Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek from 1765 to 1792. 140 He related that Reinhold, as early as 1781, wanted to remove all references to “opinions” from the history of philosophy. For Nicolai, these were enough clues to indicate that Tennemann and Reinhold believed that this “science of the final grounds of nature and freedom” was already discovered; that the project of philosophy was completed through Kant’s critique of theoretical and practical reason and Reinhold’s theory of the faculty of representation.
As never before, German university philosophers would explicitly discuss the concept, content, form, purpose, method, scope, types, and value of the history of philosophy. Greater space was allotted to the discussion of these themes in the introductions and prefaces to a growing number of student handbooks on the history of philosophy as well as full-scale works on the same. 17 That issues relating to the history of philosophy drew more attention in the 1790s than at any other time in the eighteenth century was due partly to the radical changes in the political and social order of Europe then occurring and philosophical reflection in Germany (as elsewhere) on the meaning of these changes for the history and destiny of humanity.
History was used not infrequently to indict Kant on a variety of charges, including Berkeleyan subjectivism and Humean skepticism. Historical precedents, the failures or successes of past systems, were facts brought up in arguing that Kant’s philosophy did not represent real progress in philosophy. If the history of philosophy could be used to confute Kant’s claims, it could be used also to defend them. 109 Within a decade of the completion of Kant’s philosophical project, there arose a coordinated effort among Kantian philosophers to rewrite the history of philosophy so as to remake it into the unfolding of the Critical Philosophy.
Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy. Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830 by Peter K. J. Park