I’ve just finished reading Robert Smid’s book Methodologies of Comparative Philosophy: The Pragmatist and Process Traditions. First, I should say that I am glad to see that comparative method is finally being tackled head on in studies of this length. I’ve long thought that we need to get clear on method, and that comparative philosophers are not often up front in their work about how they conceive of comparative philosophy, which sometimes can lead to misunderstandings between philosophers. Laying out and appraising different comparative options is something I have been very interested in for some time. The first chapter of my dissertation, for example, is on this issue, which needs much more attention, and which I applaud Smid for dealing with in this book.
Smid discusses four particular conceptions of comparative philosophy in this book, Continue reading