I am so freaking tired of how Euro-Centric these “introduction” classes are. This Intro to Philosophy should be labeled intro to WESTERN philosophy becuase that’s all we’ve talked about. We only looked at pricks like Aristotle, Descartes, and Augustine, who are put forth ideas that just pissed me off and kind of explained to me why our world is so messed up.
If you’re going to make an “Introduction” class, you need to touch on EVERYTHING, even just for a week. We need to see Eastern philosophy, and Native American philosophy, and African philosophy, and Aboriginal philosophy. Otherwise, it’s not an introductory
And don’t give me any shit about how
“there isn’t enough time.” Of course you’re not going to go into
detail about anything, it’s an INTRODUCTION.
You take each major region, whether that be Europe, Africa, Asia,
North America, the Middle East, whatever, you summarize the major,
most well-known philosophers and their basic tenets, you read just a
few excerpts of the most well-known literature. Of course you won’t go in depth. Of course you’re going to be
overgeneralizing at times. But that’s the point. It’s an
introduction. You touch on the major, most well-known pieces and
philosophers from each major region and then students can decided if
they want to learn more. Then
they can choose to take Western Philosophy, or Eastern Philosophy, or
whatever, and get the more full picture.
same thing needs to happen with art classes, and history classes, and
all classes that look at cultural and social trends in the world.
Too many Intro classes are Euro-centric and then everything else is
thrown into the othering “non-Western” umbrella as an elective
shoved to the side.
tl;dr Western culture needs to stop being the default with everything else shoved into a “non-Western” elective.