Research Talk Series: Sarah Flavel & Chiara Robbiano "Key Concepts in World Philosophies"
2023, 17th April
Sarah Flavel and Chiara Robbiano (eds.): Key Concepts in World Philosophies. A toolkit for philosophers. Bloomsbury Academic (2023).
Crossing continents and running across centuries, Key Concepts in World Philosophies brings together the 45 core ideas associated with major Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, African, Ancient Greek, Indigenous and modern European philosophers.
The universal theme of self-cultivation and transformation connects each concept. Each one seeks to change our understanding the world or the life we are living. From Chinese xin and karma in Buddhist traditions to okwu in African philosophy, equity in Islamic thought and the good life in Aztec philosophy, an international team of philosophers cover a diverse set of ideas and theories originating from thinkers such as Confucius, Buddha, Dogen, Nezahualcoyotl, Nietzsche and Zhuangzi. Organised around the major themes of knowledge, metaphysics and aesthetics, each short chapter provides an introductory overview supported by a glossary.
This is a one-of-a-kind toolkit that allows you to read philosophical texts from all over the world and learn how their ideas can be applied to your own life.
Sarah Flavel is Reader in Asian and Comparative Philosophy at Bath Spa University. Her main teaching interests are in the history of Classical Chinese Philosophy (Confucianism, Daoism and Chinese Buddhism), Japanese Buddhist philosophy, the history of European Philosophy (especially German 19th and 20th century thought) and comparative and continental aesthetics. Sarah serves as Associate Editor for Comparative and Continental Philosophy. Her current research explores the history of Chinese philosophy in comparative context, with a special focus on Daoist thought. She has published work in leading philosophy journals including Philosophy East and West and The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
Chiara Robbiano is Associate professor of philosophy, honours director, diversity committee chair, and lecturer in the China Studies track at University College Utrecht (Utrecht University, NL). She has been a visiting professor of philosophy at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). With a background in Ancient Greek Philosophy, she is now publishing on cross-cultural philosophy in books and peer-reviewed journals such as Philosophy East and West, Ancient Philosophy, Journal of World Philosophies, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy.
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