What is it about?
In the 21st century, there are new calls to reject the constrictions of ‘cultural boundaries’ and 'methodological nationalism.' This text demonstrates ‘a commitment to a global comparative perspective.’ It proposes a global comparative method consistent with Arthur B. Lovejoy's statement that ‘ideas are the most migratory things in the world’. The examples cover Mo Zi, Herodotus, Aristotle, Al-Biruni, Dara Shukoh, Maya philosophy, Hajime Nakamura, and more.
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Why is it important?
The calls for decolonizing the academy has increased since the Rhodes Must Fall movement began in Cape Town in March 2015. But how to decolonize? By proposing a methodological draft for a global intellectual history - building on the works of Lovejoy, Nakamura, Spivak, Ngugi wa Thiong'o etc - this paper argues that a reconstruction of a global and comparative perspective is a fruitful way forward in order to move beyond nationalist, colonial, Eurocentric, and ethnocentric narratives.
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This page is a summary of: Beyond decolonizing: global intellectual history and reconstruction of a comparative method, Global Intellectual History, May 2019, Taylor & Francis,
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