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Can Different Cultures Think the Same Thoughts?: A Comparative Study in Metaphysics and Ethics

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2019.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth Dorter, Can Different Cultures Think the Same Thoughts?: A Comparative Study in Metaphysics and Ethics, University of Notre Dame Press, 2018, 276pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780268103538. Reviewed by Ethan Mills, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Philosophers specializing in non-Western traditions today face a dilemma. On one hand, the virtues of encouraging non-specialists to engage with non-Western material are obvious: it enhances collegiality between specializations, opens up philosophically fertile comparisons, and creates more visibility for non-Western traditions among our mono-cultural colleagues. On the other hand, there are risks of non-specialist engagement with non-Western material: linguistic limitations, less familiarity with contemporary scholarship, lack of understanding of cultural and philosophical context, and a tendency to make sweeping pronouncements about non-Western traditions based on limited exposure. As a specialist in Indian philosophy myself, I approached Kenneth Dorter's book with both excitement and trepidation. While Dorter is not completely new to Chinese and Indian philosophical... Read More

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