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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


May 12, 2015

This episode we speak to scholar, philosopher, and PhD candidate Jesse Workman about the history of the concept of "Orientalism" - essentially the idea that one's culture, background, religion, and/or ideology can infect one's scholarship as it pertains to other cultures - and that in the past particularly, this resulted in extremely patronizing and biased scholarship of other cultures and religions.  We examine Orientalism in the context of Jesse's specialty of philosophy and religion, and in general in academia, and expand the conversation to the effects of personal politics and ideology in academia.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Said, Edward. Orientalism Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1979)

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