Symposium: Why Historicize the Canon?

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Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
Amy K. Donahue
David Kim
Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Kris Sealey


In her anchor-piece on historicizing the canon, Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee appeals to professional philosophers to develop several tools that can be implemented in historicizing the canon. Amy Donahue, David H. Kim, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Kris Sealey tessellate different aspects of this call. Donahue augments Rosenlee’s argument by braiding together Dharmakīrti’s “anyāpoha” theory and Charles Mills’ ruminations about “white ignorance”; Kim explores some of the nuances of Rosenlee’s account for a post-Eurocentric philosophy; Maldonado-Torres ruminates about the larger social context in which thinking can be decolonized; and Sealey uses the work of Kristie Dotson to acknowledge the possibility of multiple canons.

In putting on the table a number of questions, concepts, and approaches to canon-building, the symposium aims to contribute to what is by now a large array of similar reflections and engagements in different parts of the world.

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Rosenlee, L.-H. L., Donahue, A. K., Kim, D., Maldonado-Torres, N., & Sealey, K. (2020). Symposium: Why Historicize the Canon?. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(1), 121–176. Retrieved from
Author Biographies

Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee, University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu, USA. Her recent publications include the books Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (SUNY Press, 2006); A Feminist Re-imagination of Confucianism: A Practical Ethic for Life (Columbia University Press, forthcoming); the articles “A Feminist Appropriation of Confucianism” in Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asian and Beyond, ed. Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson (SUNY Press, 2010); “Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao” in Dao Companion to the Analects, ed. Amy Olberding, (Springer Press, 2014); “Confucian Care: A Hybrid Feminist Ethics” in Feminist-Asian Comparative Philosophy: Liberating Traditions, ed. Jennifer McWeeny and Ashby Butnor (Columbia University Press, 2014); “Multiculturalism and Feminism Revisited” in Chinese Philosophy and Gender, ed. Ann A. Pang-White (Bloomsbury, 2016). She also publishes in refereed journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy East and West, The Philosophical Quarterly, International Studies in Philosophy, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Religions, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, China Review International, International Communication of Chinese Culture, and Asian Philosophy.

Amy K. Donahue, Kennesaw State University

Amy K. Donahue is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State University (USA) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of World Philosophies. Their areas of specialization include Indian philosophy and feminist philosophy.

David Kim, University of San Francisco

David Haekwon Kim is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, USA. He has published widely in philosophy of race, decolonial thought, and comparative philosophy. His current research focuses on East-South decolonial dialogue, especially shared political struggle and conceptual resources for theoretical hybridity in the wider south or non-west.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and of the Program in Comparative Literature, faculty affiliate of the Graduate Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Director of Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA. A former President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Academy of Science of South Africa (2018-2019), he is the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (2008) and La descolonización y el giro decolonial (2011), as well as co-editor of Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire (2005) and Decolonialidade e pensamento afrodiaspórico (2018). Since 2019, he presides over the Frantz Fanon Foundation with the Foundation’s founder, Mireille Fanon Mendés, France.

Kris Sealey, Fairfield University

Kris Sealey is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Black Studies Program at Fairfield University, USA. She graduated from Spelman College in 2001, with a BSc in Mathematics. She received both her MA and PhD in Philosophy from The University of Memphis, and does research in the areas of continental philosophy, philosophy of race, and decolonial philosophy. Her published articles can be found in academic journals such as Critical Philosophy of Race, Hypatia: A Journal for Feminist Philosophy, and Research in Phenomenology. Her first book, Moments of Disruption: Levinas, Sartre and the Question of Transcendence, was published in December 2013 with SUNY Press. Her second book, Creolizing the Nation, is published with Northwestern University Press (anticipated October 2020).