[SydPhil] Sydney Ideas: Friday 8 November Does Western Philosophy have Non-Western Roots?

Dalia Nassar dalia.nassar at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 13:51:13 AEDT 2013

Does Western Philosophy Have Non-Western Roots?

Friday 8 November, 6-7.30pm
Law School Foyer New Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney.

Michael Forster, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, holder of the Chair in
Theoretical Philosophy, and Co-director of the International Center for
Philosophy at Bonn University

Co-presented with the School of Philosophical and Historical
the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of
and the Sydney Intellectual History

There was a vigorous debate in nineteenth-century Germany concerning
whether western philosophy is a purely Greek invention or has non-western
roots. Hegel and Zeller held the former view, whereas another group of
German thinkers held various versions of the latter. This paper focuses on
the most impressive version of the latter view, that of Eduard Röth, who in
particular argued that Greek philosophy had roots in Pharaonic Egypt. The
paper makes a case that Röth's argument for this view is a powerful one and
that although Zeller's counterarguments largely won the day in public
perception, they do not stand up to scrutiny

Registration: Free event with registration requested
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