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By Peter K. J. Park

ISBN-10: 1438446411

ISBN-13: 9781438446417

“A historic research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from smooth histories of philosophy.

In this provocative historiography, Peter ok. J. Park presents a penetrating account of an important interval within the improvement of philosophy as an educational self-discipline. in the course of those many years, a few ecu philosophers motivated via Immanuel Kant started to formulate the historical past of philosophy as a march of growth from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted current debts starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time while eu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature used to be flourishing. now not with no 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 advance of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the many years 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 scientization of philosophy? To what volume used to be it as a result racism?

This ebook comprises the main wide description on hand 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 debate among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over ‘pantheism.’”

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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. The break from historiographical tradition could not have been more complete: The Kantians favored a priori construction in historical writing and insisted on a definition and criteria for philosophy derived from Kant’s system. While there were a half-dozen Kantians who contributed to the theory of history of philosophy, there were just two Kantians who actually dedicated labor to writing histories of philosophy of The Kantian School 25 any length: Buhle and Tennemann.

Philosophy is the science of the nature of human mind in and for itself, and of its pure relation to objects outside itself. 60 In the same year that Reinhold called for the reform of the history of philosophy, another essay appeared, bearing a remarkable title: “A Few Ideas on the Revolution in Philosophy Brought About by I. 62 Now that Kant presented the one true system of philosophy, in Heydenreich’s opinion, it was now possible to give an account of philosophy that could present its development toward its true end.

Rehburg, through articles and reviews that appeared in the Jena-based Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung, but the Wolffians’ provo- The Kantian School 21 cation was too great: Kant broke a personal vow not to engage in controveries with his critics and wrote a rare polemical piece, On the Discovery According to Which Any New Critique of Pure Reason Has Been Made Superfluous by an Earlier One? 85 Here, he reiterates, but in clearer terms, the central theses of his Critique of Pure Reason and accused Eberhard of misinterpreting—indeed, misrepresenting—his philosophy to the public.

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