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Budhi – A Journal of Ideas and Culture
Manila 1997 - 2001

Budhi – A Journal of Ideas and Culture
Manila 1997 - 2001
ISSN 0118-5942

Inquiries and manuscripts should be sent to the journal's editor-in-chief:

Prof. Luis S. David
Philosophy Department
Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
PO Box 154
1099 Manila

  »Of Sanskrit origin, the Tagalog word 'budhi' ... is a global notion that symbolizes rather than represents, at one and the same time, life, intuition, understanding, discernment, conscience, and will.« This epigraph, found at the beginning of every issue, briefly introduces the title and agenda of this philosophical journal. Budhi is published three times a year by the Philosophy Department of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and first came out in 1997. As stated in the quotation above, Budhi seeks to address global philosophical problems from a particular cultural context which in itself encompasses diversity and an internal pluralism of voices. This takes place in several ways: philosophical classics are discussed, often with explicit reference to, or with input from, the particular South East Asian context; and Filipino philosophers present their reflections on general philosophical problems. Many volumes have an extensive Filipiniana section, which highlights the interdisciplinary character of the journal, as literary, political, and religious topics in the Philippines are reflected upon. Other regular sections of the journal are poems, meditations, comments, discussions, and review essays, as well as an extensive 'monograph' on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (by L. MA. Garcia) that is woven into the issues of 1997 and 1998. Other authors discussed include Aristotle, Heidegger, Arendt, Scheler, Gadamer, Foucault, Nussbaum and the Filipino national hero Jose Rizal.
  Each volume is about 200 pages long and is available in paperback format. At the price of US $ 10 each ($ 40 a year for institutions) this thoroughly prepared and finely designed journal is a very good bargain indeed, while it is also likely to contribute substantially to the debates on comparative and intercultural philosophy. Presenting voices from the Phillipines, but also from some other Asian countries and the USA, the journal is open for contributions from philosophers all over the world.

Kai Kresse, London

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