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.

Journal of World Philosophies is an open-access journal, freely available to read. Contributors to the journal can contribute without any submission or publication charges.


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Vol 2, No 1 (2017)

Table of Contents


Georgina Stewart
The ‘Hau’ of Research: Mauss Meets Kaupapa Māori
Juan Cepeda H.
The Problem of Being in Latin America: Approaching the Latin American Ontological sentipensar
Takahiro Chino
Is Western Marxism Western? The Cases of Gramsci and Tosaka
Elisa Freschi, Malcolm Keating
How Do We Gather Knowledge Through Language?
Elisa Freschi, Agata Ciabattoni, Francesco A. Genco, Björn Lellmann
Understanding Prescriptive Texts: Rules and Logic as Elaborated by the Mīmāṃsā School
Malcolm Keating
Metonymy and Metaphor as Verbal Postulation: The Epistemic Status of Non-Literal Speech in Indian Philosophy
Valeria Melis, Tiziana Pontillo
Does Asymmetric Signification Rely on Conventional Rules? Two Answers from Ancient Indian and Greek Sources
Akane Saito
Internalization of Speech: Pronunciation and Perception of the Word


Douglas L. Berger, Hans-Georg Moeller, A. Raghuramaraju, Paul A. Roth
Symposium: Does Cross-Cultural Philosophy Stand in Need of a Hermeneutic Expansion?

Autobiographical Essays

Eva Kit Wah Man
What Does Comparative Philosophy Mean to the Social Existence of a Female Chinese Scholar?
David B. Wong
The Excitement of Crossing Boundaries


Garrick Cooper, Charles W. Mills, Sudipta Kaviraj, Sor-hoon Tan
Responses to James Tully’s “Deparochializing Political Theory and Beyond”
Michael Levine
Response to Commentators: ‘Does Comparative Philosophy Have a Fusion Future?’
Sonali Bhatt Marwaha
Response to: Brief Comments on “Siddhis and Psi Research: An Interdisciplinary Analysis”

Book Reviews

Meysam Badamchi
A Fair Critique of European Philosophy?
Halla Kim
Beyond Emptiness: A Critical Review
Safro Kwame
Global Solidarity as a Response to Our Common Humanity
Richard Obinna Iroanya
Sanya Osha and the Triple Discourse: Postcoloniality, Subjectivity, and Democratic Consensus