Journal of World Philosophies

Journal of World Philosophies (e-ISSN 2474-1795) is a semiannual, peer-reviewed, international journal dedicated to comparative thought. Published as an open access journal by Indiana University Press, JWP seeks to explore common spaces and differences between philosophical traditions in a global context. Without postulating cultures as monolithic, homogenous, or segregated wholes, it aspires to address key philosophical issues which bear on specific methodological, epistemological, hermeneutic, ethical, social, and political questions in comparative thought.

Journal of World Philosophies aims to develop the contours of a philosophical understanding not subservient to dominant paradigms and provide a platform for diverse philosophical voices, including those long silenced by  accident, history, or design. Journal of World Philosophies also endeavors to serve as a juncture where specific philosophical issues of global interest may be explored in an imaginative, thought-provoking, and pioneering way. We welcome innovative and persuasive ways of conceptualizing, articulating, and representing intercultural encounters. Contributions should be able to facilitate the development of new perspectives on current global thought-processes and sketch the outlines of salient future developments.

Institutional Programs

The Journal of World Philosophies regularly profiles institutional programs in philosophy. Links to the profiles follow.



Call for Papers


Journal of World Philosophies is currently seeking submissions on all relevant aspects of comparative philosophy for its third issue (December 2017). Contributions (articles, book-reviews, survey articles, critical notes) should help facilitate the development of new perspectives on current global thought-processes and sketch the outlines of salient future developments.

JWP also documents initiatives in institutions of higher education aimed at facilitating teaching and/or research in cross-cultural philosophy. Towards this end, we invite faculty to sketch briefly the nature of changes (in study-programs, syllabi, personnel, etc.) implemented since 2010 and their projected results. Submissions should contain details of the educational institution and not exceed 500 words.

All contributions should be submitted by 30 June 2017.

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Vol 1, No 1 (2016)

Table of Contents


Carl Mika
A Counter-Colonial Speculation on Elizabeth Rata’s –ism
Takeshi Morisato
What Does It Mean for “Japanese Philosophy” To Be “Japanese”? A Kyoto School Discussion of the Particular Character of Japanese Thought
Stanislav Rykov
The ‘School of Structural Analysis’ in Modern Russian Sinology
Bruce Janz
Conversation in Place and About Place: Response to Chimakonam, “Conversational Philosophy as a New School of Thought in African Philosophy: A Conversation with Bruce Janz on the Concept of “Philosophical Space”

Discussion Piece

James Tully
Deparochializing Political Theory and Beyond: A Dialogue Approach to Comparative Political Thought


Nkiru Nzegwu, Mary Bockover, María Luisa Femenias, Maitrayee Chaudhuri
How (If at All) is Gender Relevant to Comparative Philosophy?

Autobiographical Essays

Naomi Zack
Why I Write So Many Books About Race
Miguel León-Portilla
Excavating Mexico's Philosophical Heritage


Michael Nylan, Martin Verhoeven
Fusion, Comparative, "Constructive Engagement Comparative," Or What? Third Thoughts on Levine's Critique of Siderits
Mark Siderits
Response to Levine

Survey Articles

Clevis Headley
Three Recent Texts in Africana Philosophy: Overcoming Disciplinary Decadence

Book Reviews

Geoff Ashton
Renewed Optimism in Persons through South-East Comparative Philosophy
Elise Coquereau
From Comparative to Fusion Philosophy
Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Cashing Out the Check: Jorge J. E. Gracia Responds to His Critics
Jaap van Brakel
Are There Concepts/Theories of Truth in Classical Chinese Philosophy?

Conference Reports

Sydney Morrow
All One Place: Reflections from the 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference
Michael Simpson
Perspectives on Gandhi’s Significance Today


Pius Mosima
Remembering Professor Heinz Kimmerle