Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 7:30pm
Summary: In this paper, I offer an extended invitation to rethink the history of modern philosophy: how one should teach that history and what one should draw on in doing philosophy today. To explain this, I focus on the issue of what I call the ‘forgotten philosophies’ in the history of modern philosophy -- i.e., those active voices that are missing from, or lie on the margins of, philosophical concern -- given how most philosophers and historians of ideas in Europe and the Americas, but also in many parts of Asia and Africa, have generally understood that history and have presented it in their research and teaching.
Bio: Dr William Sweet is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology and Cultural Traditions at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa, and an Adjunct Professor in the graduate programs at Saint Paul University, the Dominican University College (Ottawa), and the University of New Brunswick. He currently serves as President of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies, Vice President of the Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, Treasurer of the Canadian Theological Society, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie. He is a Past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, theCanadian Society of Christian Philosophers, the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, and the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (Rome). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Historical Society.
Some of the main areas of research and teaching interest of Dr. Sweet are: Ethical theories and applied ethics (especially, cross-cultural ethics); Political philosophy (particularly on issues of human rights); The relation of culture and tradition to philosophical thinking (particularly, comparative Asian and Western philosophy); The late 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American Philosophy (particularly, the origins of analytic philosophy and British Idealism); The philosophy of Jacques Maritain. His most recent publications are Migrating Texts and Traditions, (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012); Responses to the Enlightenment (Amsterdam/NY Rodopi, 2012) with Hendrik Hart; Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights, (ed. with Luigi Bonanate and Roberto Papini) (Washington, DC: CRVP Press, 2011); The Moral, Social and Political Philosophy of the British Idealists, (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2009); The Dialogue of Cultural Traditions: A Global Perspective, ed. with an Introduction by William Sweet [with Tomonobu Imamichi, George F. McLean, et alii] (Washington, DC: CRVP Press, 2008); Approaches to Metaphysics (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004).