Acknowledgments: This article was one of three presented in response to an article by Professor Leslie Armour entitled “Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities.” It was delivered at the symposium “Is There, Can There Be, such an Activity as World Humanities?” held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, British Columbia on January 27–28, 2012. The symposium was organized and hosted by the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.
Response to Armour's Article: “Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities”
Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2012
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 571–579, December 2012
How to Cite
Crowe, P. (2012), Response to Armour's Article: “Thoughts on the Idea of a World Humanities”. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39: 571–579. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01746.x
- Issue online: 29 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2012
The article opens by stating the importance of the humanities and need for unapologetic advocacy on its behalf. Armour's metaphor of world humanities, as a conversation, is then taken as a point of departure for considering the example of Chinese and European “philosophy” that might join in conversation in order to expand, through mutual transformation, what we mean by “philosophy.” The concluding section argues that if we cast Chinese thought in the light of philosophy as constructed in Europe and North America, we exclude elements that could enrich and expand our pursuit of wisdom and what that entails.