Lisa Rosenlee

I am interested in destabilizing the category of “religion” which is conventionally defined as a monotheistic belief/practice and at the same time paradoxically where an array of non-western intellectual traditions that are non-monotheistic, such as Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, are conventionally housed. Much of this sort of paradoxical categorization of non-western intellectual traditions as “religion” has to do with the formation of the philosophical canon during the late 18th and early 19th century where non-western philosophical traditions were systematic excluded and hence relegated to “Religion” instead of being recognized as “Philosophy.” As an Asian and Comparative philosopher, I strive to provide a countercurrent to this sort of approach to both religion and non-western philosophies.

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