What is it about?

This article seeks to forward the debate on how to study world philosophies adequately. To this end, it focuses on stories about Sītā, an important female protagonist in the epic Rāmāyaņa. An analysis of some of these stories identifies some road blocks that impede an adequate scholarly engagement with world philosophies as well as illustrates some possible ways to work through those road blocks.

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Why is it important?

The analysis provided in the article may contribute to the growing debate on a transnational feminism, a feminism that while being rooted in local traditions, seeks to create links to scholarly discourses in other fields.


Working on the Sītā figure has helped me think more deeply about methodological issues that scholars who work on world-philosophical traditions often face.

Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach

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This page is a summary of: Come, Play with Me: Sītā, Agency and Presentist Concerns, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, October 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15406253-12340068.
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