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The Genres Project

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Throughout the history of philosophy as an academic discipline, scholars have tended to focus almost exclusively on the content or meaning of philosophical works, with very little attention to the form or style that philosophers have adopted to articulate their ideas. Although the major philosophical traditions of the world (Euro-American, Indian, Chinese, Islamic) all include a variety of styles that have changed according to different historical periods and cultural contexts, there has been relatively little attention to analyzing these different literary forms: Why do philosophers use the styles that they do? In what ways do philosophers employ the styles they use as a way of conveying their message? What is the relationship between form and content in philosophy?