Building a Global Canon

In Western universities, philosophy is often taught by studying mostly Western authors. This is often criticized, and rightly so: first, this approach can reinforce the stereotype of a philosophy as a Western-looking person, which in turn may lead to a feeling of non-belonging among students with different backgrounds. Second, not including other traditions also means missing out on fruitful and interesting perspectives that can enrich both teaching and research.


This project aims at further developing existing concepts of including non-Western perspectives and texts in philosophy courses. We want to place special emphasis on not simply „tagging on“ such materials, but to integrate it by stressing historical connections and shared interests across different traditions.


Materials relevant to this project:

Sieroka, N. (forthcoming). Recurrent Aspects of Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Near Eastern World Maps. Ancient Philosophy.

Lossau, T. (2022). Poster titled „Structuring Inclusive Syllabi for Introductions to the Philosophy of Religion”.


: Prof. Dr. Dr. Norman Sieroka
Prof. Dr. Dr.

Norman Sieroka

Institution Philosophie (Phil)

Building/room: SFG 4190
Phone: +49 (0)421 218 67830
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: Dr. Tammo Lossau

Tammo Lossau

Institution Philosophie (Phil)

Building/room: SFG 4180
Phone: +49 (0)421 218 67832
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: Lindokuhle Shabane

Lindokuhle Shabane

Institution Philosophie (Phil)

E-Mail: shabaneprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de


Universität Bremen
Institut für Philosophie, FB 9
Postfach 330 440
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28359 Bremen