This is a true cross-cultural anthology which presents philosophers from different cultures in dialogue with one another. The text includes selections from both traditional and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy: African American, Latin American, and feminist philosophers as well as Asian, African, Native American, and Islamic philosophers. The reader is organized by topic, and highlights the similarities and differences between Western and Non-Western philosophers -- it arranges selections so that authors speak to one another across cultures. Chapter introductions and section introductions within chapters guide students. The second edition includes new sections on non-Western epistemology, the question of life after death, Rawls and criticism, and understanding others' experience and points of view. The authors have revised the more difficult sections of chapter 1 and have included more African, African American, and female philosophers, and more variety in the sections on social philosophy.
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Gail M. Presbey is Assistant Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She earned her doctorate at Fordham University, concentrating in the field of social and political philosophy. She has pursued postgraduate studies and independent research at Gandhigram Rural University in Tamil Nadu, India, and at University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has authored several articles in publications such as Acorn: Journal of the Gahndhi-King Society, and the book, NONVIOLENCE: Social and Psychological Issues. She is active in Concerned Philosophers for Peace and the Radical Philosophy Association. She is a participant in the yearly Institute for Global Cultural Studies conferences.
Karsten J. Struhl teaches philosophy and political theory in adult education programs (B.A. programs) at Adelphia University the New School for Social Research, Iona College, and the College of New Rochelle. He has also taught at Long Island University, La Guardia Community College, the Queens House of Detention, Harlem Hospital, and several senior citizen centers. His articles have appeared in philosophical, psychological, educational, and political journals and anthologies. He is the coeditor of PHILOSOPHY NOW: An Introductory Reader (Random House) and ETHICS IN PERSPECTIVE (McGraw-Hill). He has recently coauthored the entry on human nature for the forthcoming edition of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOETHICS (Macmillan). He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Radical Philosophy Association, and Educators for Social Responsibility.
Richard E. Olsen is Professor of Philosophy at Adelphi University and chair of that university's philosophy department. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University. He is the author of several journal articles and a book, KARL MARX (1979). He has also participated in National Endowment for the Humanities and Mellon Foundation grant projects. Professor Olsen has been a scholar of both Western and Asian philosophy for over twenty years and lived for a time as an ordained Buddhist monk in Thailand while pursuing his studies of Buddhism in that country. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Sigma Xi Honorary Science Fraternity.
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