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Bewaji, John A.
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Discoursing Philosophy through Cultures - Challenges, Opportunities and Dangers
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Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2006 - Conversations II: Western and Non-Western Philosophies
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March 2 -3, 2006
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Cave Hill, Barbados
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http:; www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fhe/histphil/Philosophy/CHiPS/2006/Papers/bewaji.pdf
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Abstract
Essay examines what may be regarded as the peculiarities of philosophy and philosophizing in various cultures against the background of what has constituted the trajectory of history of philosophy, thinking or reasoning and reflection about fundamental presuppositions of life, reality and being, especially in Anglo-American philosophical tradition by contrast with what is general European, Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean and Latino-American, in deed world, philosophies and the traditions spurned by these. One immediate outcome of this discourse is the necessary appreciation of the disparities in the levels of commitment that each tradition pays to its constituency concerns, interests, goals and issues in terms of reflection of realities of the thought mindscape, landscape and existential cum eco-spherical circumstances of thinkers. The other is the abilities, inabilities and liabilities of thinkers across the cross-cultural board to transcend the immediate matters of daily realities and exigency matters to aspire to ethereal, trans-cultural and apocryphal issues and 'universalisms' even if only in superficial and pretentious terms. This investigation makes possible the realization, on a global format, the distortions and distorting mechanisms of thought and thinking processes and its paraphernalia in various cultures and how these are to be properly understood as representations of human interest, fears, hopes, aspirations and beliefs in various ways and in various formats. The author concludes the discussion with a predictable and unavoidable advisory, that while humanity may remain one, the homogenization of humanity in any form - economical, sociological, technological, religious, cultural, genomical and any other that may take the fancy of temporal centres of power at any given epoch of human her/history - is not practically, scientifically, culturally, socially or philosophically defensible or appealing. Thus, those who may harbour the dreams of a homogenized humanity, living and dreaming the same dreams, need to rethink their position, given the fact that humans resist such efforts to tailor identity and personality in similar or identical ways.....
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