Rethinking the ‘Western Tradition’

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dc.contributor.author Enslin, Penny
dc.contributor.author Horsthemke, Kai
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-18T10:26:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-18T10:26:23Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Enslin, P., & Horsthemke, K. (2015). Rethinking the ‘Western Tradition’. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(11), 1166-1174. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2014.991501 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0013-1857 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-5812 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/20655
dc.description.abstract In recent years, the ‘Western tradition’ has increasingly come under attack in anti-colonialist and postmodernist discourses. It is not difficult to sympathise with the concerns that underlie advocacy of historically marginalised traditions, and the West undoubtedly has a lot to answer for. Nonetheless, while arguing a qualified yes to the central question posed for this special issue, we question the assumption that the West can be neatly distinguished from alternative traditions of thought. We argue that there is fundamental implicit and explicit agreement across traditions about the most difficult of issues and on standards about how to reason about them and that the ‘West’ has demonstrably learned from within and without itself. But, we question the very viability under conditions of heightened globalisation and neo-colonialism of distinguishing between thought of the ‘West’ and thought outside the West. It is time to move beyond the reified assumptions that underlie the idea of ‘Western thought’, cast as an agent with a collective purpose. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Indigenous knowledge – philosophy en_ZA
dc.subject Western knowledge systems -- blind spots and blank spots en_ZA
dc.subject Western knowledge systems – attacks on en_ZA
dc.subject Neo-colonialism – philosophy en_ZA
dc.subject Orientalism – philosophy en_ZA
dc.title Rethinking the ‘Western Tradition’ en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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