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Cook, Benjamin G (2008) The philosophy of comparative philosophy. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Comparative philosophy is becoming an increasingly important method for
understanding ourselves and those around us. At a time when the world's
traditions and the great thinkers from the history of humanity are available at
our fingertips like never before, comparative philosophy provides the tools to
understand how humanity has differed between cultures and across time
while simultaneously bringing to light those elements we have in common.
While comparative philosophy is well established, its method has never been
clearly outlined and comparative philosophers have relied on rusted and dull
tools. The aim of this work is to outline a comparative methodology that
overcomes the issues of relativity and objectivity, both of which threaten to
undermine the comparative enterprise. Replacing these is perspectivism, the
principles of which are outlined throughout this work, the only alternative that
provides comparative philosophy with a set of tools suited specifically for its
method of analysis. This work has a tiered structure with each chapter
focusing on one aspect of the new methodology while resting on all that
precedes it. The largest portion of this dissertation deals with the work of
Nagarjuna and Nietzsche and, while the areas of comparison between these
thinkers vary, it should be remembered that the structure of this work is set
out to emphasise and aid in the understanding of the proposed method of
comparative philosophy. With this method, comparative philosophy may
proceed like never before, that is, with all the tools necessary to adequately
fulfil its function.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Cook, Benjamin G
Keywords: Nāgārjuna, 2nd cent, Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900, Philosophy, Comparative
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MA)--University of Tasmania, 2008. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. The methodology of comparative philosophy -- Ch. 2. Superficial differences -- Ch. 3. Similarities and congruencies -- Ch. 4. Real differences

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