Philosophy

Philosophy's linguistic roots point to a Western tradition of thought, and is therefore constructed within the context of ethnocentric concerns. Given globalization, philosophy in this sense is faced with the challenge of other historically contingent lines of thought and conditions of inquiry from outside the West. These non-Western traditions touch, indirectly or in overlap, on concerns and more general skills philosophy has ethnocentrically supposed itself to be uniquely an heir too. Thereby, philosophy's potential expansion beyond a Eurocentric vision has posed meta-philosophical problems for philosophy which makes delineated definition of philosophy itself more tenuous. An approximation would be that philosophy is inquiry that deals with conceptual problems that are posed to itself as, at least initially, somehow fundamental/foundational or at the very least as of higher cognitive and intellectual priority--in either case the conceptual problems are deemed globally determining in regards to other more concrete valued utterances and more specific facts about the world. Philosophy therefore tends toward analytic problem-solving, inductive speculation, questioning of presuppositions, argumentative projects, and the reframing of normative issues.