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Lecture/Seminar CSRS Public Lecture Series - Rethinking Scholarly Categories in Cross-Cultural Comparison 2013-10-31 16:30:00

CSRS Public Lecture Series

Rethinking Scholarly Categories in Cross-Cultural Comparison
Marcel Parent, CSRS Religious Studies Teaching Fellow, Concordia University

In this lecture, Marcel Parent offers a glimpse into his forthcoming book: Issues in Comparative Philosophy, where he examines cultural issues – including the problematic representation of Asia in Western popular culture and scholarship – in a manner informed by post-colonial, feminist and queer theory. Parent argues that philosophical concepts and categories, such as “religion”, “philosophy”, and even “culture”, are not objective or neutral, but rather dynamic. The meaning of such concepts and categories shifts depending on the cultural milieu in which they are used, and reflect histories of usage that can reveal strange and surprising dimensions of broader political and social struggles over power and knowledge.

Marcel Parent recently defended his PhD (Concordia), and is working on his book Issues in Comparative Philosophy. His research areas include the methodology of comparison, social justice ethics, South Asian Studies, and 20th century European Philosophy.

Related Website http://www.csrs.uvic.ca
Times 16:30:00 to 17:30:00

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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