© 2009

Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion

  • Purushottama Bilimoria
  • Andrew B. Irvine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
    1. Andrew B. Irvine, Purushottama Bilimoria
      Pages 1-5
  2. Surveying the Scene

  3. “India”

  4. “America”

  5. Uneasy Intersections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293

About this book


The essays in this volume take up the history of philosophy of religion and contemporary problems within the discipline. They pursue these tasks as opportunities to correct Eurocentric biases that distort knowledge not only of religions originating beyond the West, but of the West’s own traditions.

This is the first collection of its kind. The contributions re-examine colonial experience in India and the Americas, offering discussion of broad methodological issues, critical re-readings of influential Western interpreters of religion, and arguments that explore blindspots and insights typical of colonial difference when viewed through "non-Western" eyes.

The volume is aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars in philosophy, religion, and related fields. Readers will benefit from its broad coverage of regions, traditions and problems, and the balance of philosophical critique and reconstruction.


Immanuel Kant Kant Religion Schopenhauer cross-cultural philosophy postcolonial theology

Editors and affiliations

  • Purushottama Bilimoria
    • 1
  • Andrew B. Irvine
    • 2
  1. 1.SOPHIA, Inc., School of Philosophy Anthropology & Social Inquiry (PASI)The University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Division of HumanitiesMaryville CollegeMaryvilleUSA

About the editors

Andrew B. Irvine is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee. His publications include articles on Latin American liberation theology, theology and neuroscience, and theology and political philosophy.

Purushottama Bilimoria is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University in Australia and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne; Visiting Professor at State University of New York (Stony Brook), and Columbia University. His areas of specialist research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy and comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion, diaspora studies; bioethics, and personal law in India.

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