Western Philosophical Canon Discussion

Western Philosophical Canon Discussion

Below I provided single key argument summarized into a thesis statement. Your job will be to write a 400-500 word response this thesis statement in which you either agree, disagree, or otherwise make an argument about the idea question. No sitting on the fence – try to pick a single claim and defend it. The challenge will be to persuasively explain what you think and why you think that way.

(Brian Van Norden “Why the Western Philosophical Canon is Xenophobic and Racist,” p. 3)

So the exclusion of non-European philosophy from the canon was a decision, not something that people have always believed, and it was a decision based not on a reasoned argument, but rather on polemical considerations involving the pro-Kantian faction in European philosophy, as well as views about race that are both scientifically unsound and morally heinous.”





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