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What we talked about on 8/31/2016 It's kind of scattered, but the way Professor Brown teachers is kind of like that.
Asian Philosophies
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mindy on Thursday September 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHILOS 2120 - 0010 at Ohio State University taught by Steven Brown in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 82 views. For similar materials see Asian Philosophies in Political Science, Philosophy, & Religion at Ohio State University.

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Date Created: 09/01/16
Nussbaum  Talking about engaging a philosophical view that’s not your own o Already doing cross cultural work o Philosophical differences count as cross cultural experiences  Descriptive o It describes the way things actually are o Descriptive Errors  Chauvinism: recreating the other in the image of oneself, reading the  strange as exactly like what is familiar  Walk into a new situation and say “These people are exactly like  me” This is untrue because these people have important  differences from you  Ex) You and a person are dating. It’s getting serious and you meet  this person’s parents and you go and you’re like, “This place is like my house.” You miss significant differences which can cause you  to be shocked later  Romanticism: expressing romantic longing for exotic experiences that our  own familiar lives seem to deny us  Overemphasizing the differences between two cultures  Going to a different country and thinking about so many different  things about you, but they are actually doing normal things  Normative o How things should be  Kind of assumes the mode of descriptive analysis. “I’ve already seen the  way things are and this is how it should be” o Normative Chauvinism  My culture is superior to the other by default  Colonialism/Missionary (some types not all) o When people sail to a new region, get off their ships and  find that there is a problem with these new people’s  lifestyle o Where there are differences, it is bad in this thought realm o Arcadianism/Utopianism  Seeing the other culture as perfect  Ex) Coming into the culture and find it is so different from my own and  find it so perfect that it is the perfect culture o Skepticism  It is not possible to say that one culture is better than another in some  regard (incommensurability)   You encounter a different culture and you refuse to make any normative  claims about the culture  Not the same as tolerance  Tolerance is compatible with substantial disagreement o You can tolerate someone and still believe that they’re  wrong  There are a range of errors to avoid when doing cross­cultural philosophy We should remember that people are not identical with their racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds All errors based on generalization of how things are than how they actually are. We aren’t talking about whole cultures, just focused on a few key documents


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