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english  The wealth of western culture

Bertold Bernreuter: emailbernreuter@polylog.org, 13.11.2001, 00:16
Original: english  The wealth of western culture (Daniel López Salort), 10.11.2001, 16:06



Dear Daniel, dear all,

»» According to Lui Fang Tong’s article about Globatization and fusion of orient-western philosophy and culture

This article can be reached on the web site of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP):
http://www.crvp.org/confs99-00/india_paper7.html

»» But none of us can forget two central points:
»» 1. ¿Which philosophical basis of that process of modernization must we  rescue? For example, the emphasis on human freedom about developing its own fate.

Who are "we"? And what means "human freedom about developing its own fate" in the concrete? Free enterprise?, equal social opportunities for all?, sexual liberation?, free education?, ...? As Lui showed us in his article there is a huge variety also in Western thought itself.

»» 2. ¿Which aspects of oriental philosophy and culture need to dialogue to western point of view? For example psychological and medical concepts and treatments, aesthetics function, history theories.

On which basis could anybody decide which aspects of Oriental philosophy and culture are relevant for intercultural dialogue? Should we not better think in how to make these dialogues possible and leave the relevance of certain themes to the competence of the multitude of these dialogues?

And back to the article:
"For the study of question of globalization in philosophy and culture, first of all people should study the relation between oriental philosophy and culture representative by Chinese and Indian on one side and western philosophy and culture on the another."
First: Why should we not think in African, Arabic or Latin-American philosophies? And why not think in the relations between Chinese and Indian philosophies? Or between Chinese and African philosophies? Or between different Indian philosophies? Is it a matter of westernization or globalization in philosophy?
And second: Why are Chinese and Indian philosophy representative for Oriental philosophies? Which are the categories for representivity in the case of philosophy and culture?

»» I mean we had to avoid a big mistake: to consider western world only has its high tech civilization, forgetting its profound cultural values, from its great mystics until its brilliant thinkers, with their contributions to ethic systems, freedom and law, language and reality, representational and suppositional knowledge and logic, and many other fountains of their developing.

I do not think that Lui makes this mistake. He wants to learn from the West without being forced to abandon his own cultural traditions. He seems to have a quite differentiated view on Western philosophical thought and seems to seek a transformation of Oriental societies. (Though I would not agree to a "fusion" of Western and Oriental philosophies and cultures.)

Sincerely,
Bertold Bernreuter