Monday, September 19, 2016

What's in a name?

During the past several months, there's been some attention online to the question of what counts as "philosophy" in Anglophone academic departments. Below is an overview of the conversation, followed by just a small observation.

First, Jay Garfield and Brian Van Norden say, "If Philosophy Won't Diversify, Let's Call it What it Really Is." Their conclusion is that "any department that regularly offers courses only on Western philosophy should rename itself “Department of European and American Philosophy.”

Brian Leiter replies that philosophers in Anglophone departments are united by a certain style not by geographical focus (apparently unaware of the existence of the analytic Indian philosophical style). Jonardon Ganeri comments on this post--and is ignored by everyone there--that
It has been well known for several decades that much philosophy written in Sanskrit is highly analytical in style (one need only consult B. K. Matilal's *The Doctrine of Negation in Navya-Nyāya* to see this). So the argument from style itself favours a diversification of the curriculum and the canon.
Lots of other conversation ensues at Daily Nous. Remarks like

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tantravārttika series: unpublishing

After a bit of thought, I'm taking down the series on the Tantravārttika translation I've been publishing. The reason is that it's a project which I would like to see published in a more official manner in the future, and I worry about some journals and publishers who might consider it to have been already published, even though in an earlier state. As well, my initial aim was to generate some conversation on the work, and that hasn't happened (my blog isn't high-traffic, which I'm actually happy about).

If you're reading this and are really disappointed because my weekly-to-occasional post was the highlight of your day, then drop me an email and I'll gladly share the work with you.

Otherwise, I will be presenting a related paper ("The Self is a Sky-Flower: Doing Metaphor with Empty Terms") at the 2017 Pacific APA as part of a panel entitled "Dealing with the Unreal", and so I will likely put up a summary of that talk here.