Decolonising Philosophy - Do we need to wake up to western prejudice?
16 July 2019
Many see the search for universal truths about the world as the noble aim of philosophy. Yet our universities largely dismiss non-Western philosophy, and critics argue that British students are taught a narrow analytic approach. Are great ideas independent of time, place and tradition? Do African conceptions of the self or Chinese Mohist logic offer equally valid insights? Do we need to wake up to Western prejudice, or is there only one right way to think?
Timothy Williamson is Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford and world renowned philosopher of language and logic. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an expert in the history of Indian philosophy. Nivi Manchanda is a lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University.