• 49 Futurismus und Futurität
  • 48 Autoritarismus und Identitaetspolitik
  • 47 Marx interkulturell
  • 46 Geschichten der Philosophie in globaler Perspektive
  • 45 Mensch und Tier
  • 44 Kritische Entwicklungstheorie und Interkulturelle Philosophie im Dialog
  • 43 Interkulturelle und dekoloniale Perspektiven auf feministisches Denken
  • 42 Gesundheit und Heilung
  • 41 »inter«
  • 40 »inter«
  • 39 Urbanität
  • 37 Theorie der Achsenzeit?
  • 37 Philosophieren mit Kindern
  • 36 Interkulturelle Kompetenz
  • 35 Berührungen: Zum Verhältnis von Philsoophie und Kunst
  • 34 Versöhnung und/oder Gerechtigkeit
  • 33 Zur (Ir-)Relevanz von Philosophie in interkultureller Orientierung
  • 32 Andalusien
  • 31 Heidegger interkulturell?
  • 30 Migration
  • 29 Natur
  • 28 Der arabische Frühling
  • 27 Auf der Suche nach Methoden interkulturellen Philosophierens
  • 26 Selbstkultivierung. Politik und Kritik 
im zeitgenössischen Konfuzianismus
  • 25 Das Projekt interkulturelles Philosophieren
  • 24 Übersetzen
  • 23 Geld
  • 22 Sinneskulturen
  • 21 Toleranz
  • 20 Universalismus
  • 19 Subjektivität
  • 18 Weltzivilgesellschaft
  • 17 Der arabische Frühling
  • 16 Gerechter Krieg?
  • 15 Formen des Philosophierens
  • 14 Menschenrechte
zwischen Wirtschaft, Recht und Ethik
  • 13 Biotechnologie
  • 12 Das zweite Europa
  • 10-11 Philosophie im 20. jahrhundert
  • 9 Ästhetik
  • 8 Hybridität
  • 7 Neue Ontologien
  • 6 Gerechtigkeit
  • 5 Erkenntnisquellen
  • 4 Frau und Kultur
  • 3 Andere Geschichten der Philosophie
  • 2 Kwasi Wiredus Konsensethik
  • 1 Vier Ansätze interkulturellen Philosophierens

polylog 46

Lara Hofner: Editorial

winter 2021

Geschichten der Philosophie in globaler Perspektive

Herausgeber:innen des Thementeils: Anke Graneß und Rolf Elberfeld

Anke Graness & Rolf Elberfeld

Geschichten der Philosophie in globaler Perspektive



Rolf Elberfeld

Geschichte der Geschichten der Philosophie im Horizont verschiedener Sprachen weltweit

Erste Ergebnisse des Koselleck-Projekts

The act of historicizing has long been part of the practice of philosophizing. In the 17th century, European philosophy began to reflect on the historiographies of philosophy that had existed in the past. Since that time, attempts to write histories of the historiography of philosophy can be found until the recent past. It is only in more recent times that the perspective for writing histories of philosophy has been broadened globally, so that the history of writing histories of philosophy must also be researched in a new perspective. The text presents some results in this field of research that have been obtained in the Koselleck project »Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective« in the last two years.

Francesca Greco

Ein Blick ins Werk »Storia delle storie generali della filosofia« aus globaler Perspektive

This article proposes an overview of the work »Storia delle storie generali della filosofia« (»History of the General Histories of Philosophy«; 1979–2004; 5 vol.) from the point of view of a philosophical historiography in a global perspective. The article consists of two parts. First of all, I will display the structure of the work in its five volumes introducing briefly the sections and chapters in which it is organized. In second place, I will examine the delimitation of its research field to the Eurocentric canon through methodological considerations regarding the focus of specific linguistic-geopolitical areas.

Zhuofei Wang

Grundlinien einer altchinesischen Philosophiegeschichtsschreibung

As a newly developed field, the history of Chinese-language historiography of philosophy takes a higher priority in the studies of the history of Chinese philosophy since the 20th century. The relevant works before the 20th century, which were mainly written in ancient Chinese, are highly marginalized. The historiography of philosophy in a global perspective acknowledges the importance of different articulations and frameworks of what is called philosophy and history of philosophy, thus providing essential theoretical support for the reconstruction of the ancient Chinese historiography of philosophy. Based on this framework, my article is devoted to the overview of ancient Chinese historiography of philosophy, to show its basic features in approaches, methods, and styles.

Sool Park

Philosophiegeschichtsschreibung und Subjektkonstitution in Korea

Reflexionen zur koreanischsprachigen Philosophiegeschichte vom 8. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart

Was there a historiography of philosophy in Korea – and if yes, since when? In retrospective, one can identify a historical self-consciousness starting as early as in 8th Century and which has produced (self-)descriptions in history of ideas in wide range. Korea conceptualizes itself – under constantly changing political-philosophical hegemonial conditions – taking various position in relation to other discursive centers as India (Buddhism) and China (Confucianism), but also the »West« since the dawn of globalization. The political turbulences in the 20th Century, especially the occupation by Japan and the division into Northand South-Korea, have left deep traces in the historiography of philosophy. This paper attempts to give a compact illustration of types of historical subjectivity in Korea from its beginning to the present.

Leon Krings

Ansätze zur globalen Philosophiegeschichtsschreibung in Japan

Eine kurze Geschichte japanischer Weltgeschichten des Denkens und der Philosophie

This article gives a short overview of so called »world histories« of philosophy and thought in Japanese from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Being a first step towards a more comprehensive history of intellectual and philosophical historiography in Japan, it is also an attempt to break with the current eurocentrism in the historiography of philosophy and open it up to a global, more pluralized perspective. Both the first monograph from 1902 and the newest multivolume publication from 2020 are analyzed in some detail, while the development in between them is only recounted in broad strokes. Japanese conceptions of a »world history« of philosophy and thought are shown to be generally dominated by a distinction between »East« and »West« and the effort to assign a specific place in this scheme to Japan. While only some of the publications in this area seriously question the simplistic East-West-divide, the frequent inclusion of non-European (mostly Asian) philosophical traditions into accounts of the »modern« and »contemporary« era still emerges as a positive feature of a global historiography in Japan. Although Europe and Asia clearly take the center stage in almost all of the discussed works, the newest publication can be seen as a cautious opening towards the Global South and other hitherto marginalized regions and traditions.

Anke Graness

Frauen in der Philosophiegeschichte – jenseits Europas: Methodische Überlegungen

Before the nineteenth century, philosophical works by women are scarcely documented, if at all, almost everywhere in the world. However, this fact has so far caused little concern to the vast majority of authors of the most diverse narratives of histories of philosophy worldwide. Due to a predominantly masculine perspective in the discipline, the exclusion of women from the canon of the history of philosophy continues to be repeated to this day. This tendency also affects the endeavours since the 1980s to reconstruct and document non-European philosophical traditions as well as to integrate them into a global discourse. A contemporary revision of the canon of the history of philosophy, however, cannot take place solely from an intercultural or global perspective; it must also address and correct patriarchal structures of exclusion - in all regions of the world. The paper discusses the specific challenges of reconstructing the history of women philosophers outside of Europe.

Yoko Arisaka

Der Prozess der Diversifizierung der Philosophieinstitute in den USA

This essay introduces the rise and implementations of »diversity« issues in the field of philosophy in the United States. Diversity agendas promote better representations of the marginalized groups, usually in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, and other backgrounds, as well as including hitherto underrepresented or excluded material (such as non-European thought) to be taught in the curricula of philosophy. Since the late 1990s, the universities across the U. S. have promoted academic diversity in both the curricula as well as the university population (students,  administration, and the faculty). In the field of philosophy, its largest professional association, the American Philosophical Association, has been actively involved in developing as well as implementing various diversity agendas. The origins and the first attempts of the diversity agendas are reviewed, as well as the current status of diversity in philosophy today. In the past 20 years, the field of philosophy has improved especially in terms of including non-European philosophies and approaches in the philosophy of race.

Namita Herzl

Globale Philosophiegeschichten in europäischen Sprachen

Ein Literaturbericht

How a philosophical global history can be constituted is a question that has not yet found a concrete and generally accepted answer. If one compares the approaches of global histories of philosophy that have appeared so far, it becomes clear that some of them differ greatly from one another in their approaches and in the topics they deal with. Various global histories of philosophy are analyzed in the following article by comparing the content of selected publications in order to find out which cultures, systems of thought, and traditions are favoured in these writings and which focal points can be found in a comparative approach. Eight works that can be described as global histories of philosophy stand in focus of this review.


Silvia Donzelli

Anthropozentrismus-Vorwürfe. Zu: Kai Horsthemke: Animals and African Ethics (2015). Nr. 46 S. 127-31.

Lara Scaglia

Philosophie und Sprache in der islamischen Tradition. Zu: Nadja Germann und Mostafa Najaf (Hg): Philosophy and Language in the Islamic World (2021). Nr. 46 S. 131-34.

Mădălina Diaconu

Die Liebeskunst als somästhetisches Phänomen und ihre kulturellen Spielarten. Zu: Richard Shusterman: Ars erotica (2021). Nr. 46 S. 134-38.

Stephanie Graf

Kritik der eurozentrischen Vernunft. Zu: Stefan Gandler: Der diskrete Charme der Moderne (2020). Nr. 46 S. 139-42

Leonhard Bauer

Jenseits der Streitigkeiten. Zu: Josef Mitterer: Jenseits der Philosophie. Wider das dualistische Erkenntnisprinzip (2011). Nr. 46 S. 142-45.

Mădălina Diaconu

Philosophie der Arbeit. Zu: Michael S. Aßländer und Bernd Wagner (Hg): Philosophie der Arbeit (2017). Nr. 46 S. 145-46.