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Notes on a Global Philosophical Method (1. Intuitions and the Need for a Global Synthesis)

This is the first of a series of notes in which I try to think through the broad outline of what I’m calling “Global Synthesis” in philosophical method.  Basically, the idea is that philosophical development requires the creation of cosmopolitan philosophical theories and positions, via exposure to and understanding of a broad variety of philosophical traditions across the world and periods of history.  Ultimately, the best philosophical explanations will preserve not local, but global intuitions–where global intuitions are understood as those informed by synthesis of a variety of outlooks, cultural standpoints, and philosophical stances.  In this first note, I briefly consider the role of intuition in philosophy and the need for constructing globally informed intuitions.

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