While there have been a number of specialized books in the field of comparative philosophy, and many in the field of comparative religion, there are few scholars who can address both disciplines. Furthermore, when these disciplines are virtually mutually exclusive, as in Western academia, a full appreciation of non-Western approaches to either religion or philosophy is not easily attained, and distortions, such as appropriation, often occur. Within the last ten years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of a number of Western scholars to try to address these deficiencies.A unique workshop held at the University of Calgary in 2007 marked the beginning of an interdisciplinary project to bring together scholars from both fields for discussion on a regular basis.
After Appropriation consists of thirteen essays stemming from the workshop, each of which addresses an issue or illustrates a problem in the interdisciplinary field of comparative religion and philosophy as it is presently conceived. Many misappropriations and exclusions have arisen from the Western tendency to reduce and manipulate the ideas and values of non-Western religions and philosophies to fit within Western concepts and categories. How might comparative philosophy and religion change if the concepts and categories of non-Western philosophies and religions were taken as primary? This book explores this question through analytic and phenomenological Western approaches, infused with fresh strategies and modalities derived from or inspired by non-Western traditions. In a world of increasing pluralism and continuing globalization, there is a growing need to elevate discussion of these issues to a more sophisticated level.
A truly groundbreaking collection, After Appropriation inaugurates an entirely new integrative discipline of comparative religion and philosophy, and the exceptional calibre and wide spectrum of the book's scholarship will stimulate and propel further interest in this pivotal and fruitful direction.
Contributors: Tamara Albertini Arindam Chakrabarti Francis X. Clooney Christopher G. Framarin Katrin Froese Morny Joy Chen-kuo Lin Dan Lusthaus Michael McGhee Michael Oppenheim Tinu Ruparell Vincent Shen Ahmad F. Yousif
About the authors
Morny Joy is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary. She has published many articles on women and religion, feminist theory and contemporary continental philosophy.
Eva Neumair-Dargyay is Professor and Acting Chair of Comparative Studies in Literature, Film and Religion at the University of Alberta. She has published four single-authored books and one co-authored one on various subjects of Tibetan religion and culture.
Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School. His primary areas of Indological scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, on the early Jesuit pan-Asian discourse on reincarnation, and on the dynamics of dialogue and interreligious learning in the contemporary world. His most recent books are Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters (2019) and Western Jesuit Scholars in India: Tracing their Paths, Reassessing Their Goals (2020).
Michael Oppenheim teaches in the Department of Religion of Concordia University, Montréal.