Translation as a Philosophical Method

A Postcomparative Take on the Universality-Particularity Tension




postcomparative philosophy, comparison, translation as method, universality, particularity


The article aims for a critical reflection on the practices and methodology of the so-called comparative philosophy. It starts from an observation that the recent successful developments in comparative philosophy nevertheless have a very limited impact outside the discipline. The article argues that a specific universality-particularity tension is to blame. Because “comparison” as a method also inherently displays this tension, and thus cannot overcome it, the article suggests seeing translation as a method of philosophical thinking. It is argued that this constitutes a postcomparative take on universality-particularity tension and a postcomparative response to the need for a more culturally inclusive academic philosophy. The advantages of looking at translation as a core methodological stance in intercultural postcomparative philosophy are suggested.


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How to Cite

Silius, V. (2022). Translation as a Philosophical Method: A Postcomparative Take on the Universality-Particularity Tension. Asian Studies, 10(3), 59–80.