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Philosophy Unbound: The Idea of Global Philosophy

Metaphilosophy, (2013) Forthcoming

Posted: 11 Jan 2013 Last revised: 11 Apr 2013

Thom Brooks

Durham University

Date Written: January 10, 2013


The future of philosophy is moving towards ‘global philosophy’. The idea of global philosophy is the view that different philosophical approaches may engage more substantially with each other to solve philosophical problems. Most solutions attempt to use only those available resources located within one philosophical tradition. A more promising approach might be to expand the range of available resources to better assist our ability to offer more compelling solutions. This search for new horizons in order to improve our clarity about philosophical issues is at the heart of global philosophy. The idea of global philosophy encourages us to look beyond our traditions to improve our philosophical problem-solving by our own lights. Global philosophy is a new approach whose time is coming. This article offers the first account of this approach and assessment of its future promise.

Keywords: Global Philosophy, Global Justice, Indian Philosophy, Traditions, Rawls, Kant, Kautilya, Bhagavad Gita, Justice, Political Philosophy

JEL Classification: K00

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Brooks, Thom mname, Philosophy Unbound: The Idea of Global Philosophy (January 10, 2013). Metaphilosophy, (2013) Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Thom Brooks (Contact Author)

Durham University ( email )

Durham Law School
Durham University
Durham, County Durham DH1 3ET
United Kingdom
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