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    Racism and Eurocentrism in Histories of Philosophy

    Strickland, Lloyd ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2560-6909 and Wang, Jia (2023) Racism and Eurocentrism in Histories of Philosophy. Open Journal of Philosophy, 13 (1). pp. 76-96. ISSN 2163-9434

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    This paper examines the fortunes of non-European philosophies in histories of philosophy written by European and American philosophers from the 17th century to the present day. It charts the shift from inclusive histories of philosophy, which included non-European philosophies, to exclusive histories of philosophy, which excluded and/or marginalized non-European philosophies, at the end of the 18th century. This shift was motivated by racial Eurocentrism, which cast a long shadow over histories of philosophy written during the 19th and 20th centuries. The paper also considers recent attempts to produce a more inclusive history of philosophy. By examining the history of the inclusion and exclusion of non-European philosophies in histories of philosophy, this paper seeks to challenge the assumption that philosophy began and has been practised exclusively by European or western thinkers.

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