In one sense all philosophies attempt to analyse a small number of questions central to human life: the self, knowledge, the nature of the cosmos and reality, God or the divine. But while topics may be common, approaches have differed historically, and according to the traditions and times in which particular thinkers have worked. The Royal Institute of Philosophy's London Lecture series for 2012-13 brought together contributions from scholars expert in different traditions in order to explore continuities and discontinuities in world philosophy. In this volume there are papers on Indian thought, including Buddhist and Jain contributions, on Daoism, on modern Japanese approaches, on Jewish and Islamic thought, on stoicism, and on African philosophy, as well as on modern analytical philosophy, the so-called 'Continental' tradition and on the thought of Nietzsche.
Anthony O'Hear is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckinghamshire, Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and Editor of the journal Philosophy.
Preface Anthony O'Hear; 1. Modern Japanese philosophy: historical contexts and cultural implications Yoko Arisaka; 2. The 'continental' tradition? Alan Montefiore; 3. Philosophy and life in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy: three aspects Richard Sorabji; 4. Philosophical modernities: polycentricity and early modernity in India Jonardon Ganeri; 5. Daoism, nature and humanity David E. Cooper; 6. Select issues and controversies in contemporary African philosophy Barry Hallen; 7. Buddhist idealists and their Jain critics on our knowledge of external objects Matthew T. Kapstein; 8. Self, other, God: twentieth-century Jewish philosophy Tamra Wright; 9. Conversing in emptiness: rethinking cross-cultural dialogue with the Kyoto School Bret W. Davis; 10. From good knowers to just knowers in the Mahabharata: towards a comparative virtue epistemology Vrinda Dalmiya; 11. Analytic philosophy and its synoptic commission: towards the epistemic end of days Fraser MacBride; 12. Heroic-idyllic philosophizing: Nietzsche and the Epicurean tradition Keith Ansell-Pearson; 13. Islamic philosophy: past, present and future Ali Paya.