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The Globalization Of Philosophy

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What are the conditions necessary for globalization in philosophy, so construed? First, there has to be a common language. For reasons of historical accident, having nothing to do with the intellectual merits of the English language, English has become international Lingua Franca. A second requirement of globalization, and this one is perhaps more controversial, is that there ought to be certain common standards of rigor and clarity, otherwise communication cannot take place. The third feature of globalization is that philosophers should engage in a more or less common set of research projects and that they can assume and take for granted a certain amount of background knowledge when discussing particular philosophical problems. A fourth feature of a successful globalized philosophy is that Philosophers above all have to able to speak with their own individual voices and not be expected to represent particular religions, political ideologies or organizations, including nations.

Keywords: analytic philosophy; continental philosophy; English language; globalization in philosophy; international Lingua Franca; philosophical problems; political ideologies or organizations



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