ABSTRACT

The Japanese Kyoto School, for example, made a distinctive contribution to western philosophy in the twentieth century by bringing Buddhism into dialogue with both Neoplatonism and modern German philosophy. The Indian and Chinese philosophical families developed and matured around different conceptual metaphors, each leading to a particular understanding of both the practice and the goal of ­philosophy. Philosophy in ancient and classical India was structured by a ­conceptual metaphor that linked knowledge and sight. Likewise, in both India and China, philosophers were keen to investigate human personhood. Intercultural philosophy is regarded by many as the sign of a new stage of maturity within the now globally situated world of academic philosophy. A global philosopher is someone who can think about philosophical issues from the perspectives offered by several philosophical traditions. The chapter also presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book.