Mission

The Center for Comparative Philosophy ('the CCP' for short) is an Organized Research Unit of San Jose State University established in 2007 that aims at promoting and enhancing the research and scholarship in comparative philosophy, the concerns of which cut across different disciplines as well as different areas of philosophy, for the sake of contributing to the academic mission of SJSU and the international scholarship of comparative philosophy.

Comparative philosophy considers philosophy in a global context and emphasizes the constructive engagement of distinct modes of thinking, methodological approaches, visions, insights, substantial points of view, or conceptual and explanatory resources from a variety of (culture-associated or style/orientation-associated) philosophical traditions: how, via reflective criticism (including self-criticism) and argumentation, they can learn from each other and jointly contribute to our understanding and treatment of a series of issues and topics of philosophical value and significance, which can be jointly concerned through philosophical interpretation and from a broader philosophical vantage point.

The CCP pursues the foregoing goal through a variety of academic activities that include, but are not limited to, sponsoring the CCP Lecture Series, organizing workshops and conferences, and coordinating relevant international academic cooperation and exchange.