Event of Interest - "Can Non-Europeans Think?" with Hamid Dabashi

The Global, International, and Area Studies / Anthropology Colloquium Series, in coordination with the Philosophy Department, is pleased to present

Can Non-Europeans Think?
Hamid Dabashi
Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
Monday February 1 3:30-5:00 PM, Fretwell 114 (please note the room change)
Reception immediately to follow 5:00-6:00 PM.
Below is the abstract. Refreshments will be provided.

Philosophy claims to be the search for knowledge, unbound by any fetters. Yet even a cursory analysis of how it is conceived when it exists outside the European tradition reveals a troubling bias. While European philosophy, for example is simply known as “philosophy,” African philosophy is all too often dubbed “ethnophilosophy.” The Western philosophical tradition simply hasn’t acknowledged the vast amount of innovative thought that has flourished outside the European philosophical pedigree.

In Can Non-Europeans Think?, Hamid Dabashi brings together a unique group of historical and theoretical reflections on current affairs and the role of philosophy to argue that, in order to grapple with the problems of humanity today, we must eliminate the ethnographic gaze that infects philosophy and casts Arab and other non-Western thinkers as subordinates.

Event Date: 
February 1, 2016 - 3:30 PM to 5:45 PM
Fretwell 114
Dr. John Cox
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