Graham Priest explains in a blog post why one should study “Eastern” philosophy (his label, probably because standard philosophy is in fact “Western” philosophy).
His post points to two reasons:
- One better understands one’s own culture if one is confronted with another one
- There is progress in philosophy and new ideas can contribute to it, since progress does not arise ex nihilo.
It is difficult not to agree. I had discussed Priest’s first point here and his second point here, while referring to an interview with Jay Garfield, and the posts have raised interesting discussions in the comments.
Since, however, the first post is dated to 2010 and the second one to 2013 and both were posted on a different blog, it may be time to ask you, dear readers: What should be the reasons for engaging with Asian philosophies?
(Cross-posted, with minor modifications, on my personal blog)