Where is Philosophy?: A Response to Nicholas Tampio

Last week there was a call from political science professor Nicholas Tampio to narrowly define philosophy as a discipline responding either directly to Plato’s Republic or at least part of a self-consciously Socratic-Platonic tradition of inquiry.  I recommend reading Tampio’s essay, “Not Continue reading

Philosophical commentaries in ancient India

Commentaries can be manifold in ancient India. They have different purposes and form, but they all share some characters: they have a given text as their main interlocutor/they are mainly about a given text like with Origene’s commentaries, they are Continue reading

Position in Comparative Philosophy (Leiden)

Here’s the announcement for an associate or full professorship in Leiden’s department of philosophy.   Particular interest in Chinese philosophy, but applications from any Asian tradition are encouraged. http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappelijke-functies/16-277-leiden-university-vacancies-full-or-associate-professor-of-comparative-philosophy-.html  

Dialog across Traditions (part I)

(As a consequence of the discussion which took place here, Debajyoti Gangopadhyay updated the structure and concept of the “dialog” project.) Description: This Dialog mission is intended basically to make sense of a single question, which started getting shaped since Continue reading

What is a commentary? And how the Nyāyamañjarī and the Seśvaramīmāṃsā do (not) fit the definition UPDATED

What makes a text a “commentary”? The question is naif enough to allow for a complicated answer. First of all, let me note the obvious: There is not a single word for “commentary” in Sanskrit, where one needs to distinguish Continue reading