The objection is more than sound, and applies to comparative philosophy in general. Hence, it induced me to express the point of view I embraced while writing my book.
Since the present author believes that history of philosophy is a fundamental part of philosophy, the book is not only an exercise in comparative philosophy. Comparisons are more than frequent in it, and are meant to:
- 1. make the approach to Prābhākara Mīmāṃsā easier to Western readers,
- 2. make readers aware of the philosophical interest of the materials discussed,
- 3. make readers who are not familiar with Western philosophy aware of new interpretative tools.
I would be glad to read the readers' opinions about it. How do you use comparison?