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The course aims to provide an introduction to the problem of ethnocentrism and/or eurocentrism in Rortyan, comparative and decolonial philosophy. Richard Rorty’s encounter with comparative philosophy will offer an invaluable opportunity to explore the contradictions and limitations of prevalent understandings of intercultural philosophical dialogues in English-speaking scholarship. Decolonial philosophy will serve as both a way to explain and to surpass this impasse. The latter move will be supplemented by drawing on insights from intellectual and cultural history.
1. Richard Rorty’s postmodern pragmatism and the problem of ethnocentrism.
2. Rorty’s twofold encounter with Comparative Philosophy:
2.1. Pragmatism, Postmodernity and Confucianism: Uneasy partners.
2.2. Rorty, Anindita Balslev and Dussel on the Other: Uneasy dialogues and a fictional conversation.
3. Rorty’s uneasiness with comparisons: From ethnocentrism to eurocentrism with Dussel and Grosfoguel.
4. The Confucian faith in comparisons and the (geo)politics of knowledge production: Mignolo and Quijano.
5. A way out? Comparative philosophy, decolonization, and hermeneutics: Dussel, Quentin Skinner and Michel de Certeau.