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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Are you constructing your own blogological Arcades Project?

Tusar N. Mohapatra Says: May 8th, 2007 at 5:46 pm Why not pick up Sri Aurobindo instead, who holds up all that is best in the previous centuries with an engaging eye on the future.
Anthony Paul Smith Says: May 8th, 2007 at 6:44 pm Obviously Indian philosophy is a whole other kind of black hole philosophy (not in a pejorative sense, just in a similar way that German idealism sucks you in). It is a shame that most of us here are mainly educated in Western philosophy only and that the cultural differences often lead to major misunderstandings of the varied philosophies of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and their subcontinents (usually the denigration new age is invoked, sometimes accurately and often times not). This shame is only intensified by the fact that many people within these local philosophies also know quite about our local philosophy, even if we think it is quite universal. It’s the shame of a native English speaker always finding accommodation.
So now that you’re commenting here, I have to ask, why do you copy and paste blog posts and comments? Are you constructing your own blogological Arcades Project?
Tusar N. Mohapatra Says: May 8th, 2007 at 9:45 pm Anthony, thanks for the honest observations. I mentioned only Sri Aurobindo, but you have brought in a whole Arcade from “Indian philosophy” to “philosophies of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and their subcontinents.” That’s obviously a tall order and also a nice pretext to evade them.
Indian philosophy, of the Academia, is in fact a black hole (in a pejorative sense). Sri Aurobindo has been successful to rescue it and integrate it with the western tradition and thereby constructing a robust ontology the like of which is not available elsewhere.
To copy and paste blog posts and comments is perhaps my way of flattering what I admire.

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