The world philosophy community today

This paper first discusses the meaning of "community" with respect to both the world community as such, with its comparatively brief history, and some positive connotations that the term has had in philosophical thinking. It then reflects on the fact that philosophies from some cultures have been marginalized in recent times, due to the phenomenon of hegemony, and expresses the hope that this situation is changing now, with the globalization of philosophy becoming an increasing reality. Drawing on statements of intention made by candidates for the recent steering committee elections of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) at the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, it contends that at least two, though probably more, themes seem common to most philosophers today: a dissatisfaction with the current global economic system, and a commitment to eliminating the practice of warfare. Finally, it is suggested that one social/political philosopher who has been an important figure in recent hegemonic thinking, John Rawls, evinces a certain lack of complete agreement with this emerging consensus among philosophers in his late work, The Law of Peoples.


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