Provincialism (in [anglophone] philosophy [of science])

“What is national character? Bad habits.” — Imre Madách


Coniglione, Francesco. “Leszek Nowak, a Neglected Thinker,” Organon F 30 (2) 2023: 130-136.

Engel, Pascal. “Provincialism in Philosophy,” opening talk given at IIP meeting, Helsinki 28 August 2019,

Thinking about Provincialism in Thinking, edited by Krzysztof Brzechczyn, Katarzyna Paprzycka. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi 2012. 301 pp. (Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities; vol. 100) Contents & Abstracts.

Wolters, Gereon. “European Humanities in Times of Globalized Parochialism,” Bollettino della Societa Filosofica Italiana, 208 (gennaio/aprile 2013): 3-18.

Wolters, Gereon. “Globalized Parochialism: Consequences of English as Lingua Franca in Philosophy of Science,” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2015, 189-200. (Or at Anna's archive.)

On my web site:

Note on the Poznan School

Witold Gombrowicz confronts (Polish) provincialism

Claudio Magris on identity, origins, ghettoes, provincialism, Kafka


For decades I have been interested in the Polish Poznań School—whose chief figure is Leszek Nowak—that originally combined Marxism and the concept of scientific idealization, drawing on a long tradition of Polish analytical and scientific philosophy. Nowak eventually altered his conception to a non-Marxian historical materialism. 20 years ago I discovered the Poznan Studies volume on provincialism, referencing the Polish writer-in-exile Witold Gombrowicz’s criticism of Polish provincialism (which he termed ‘immaturity’). Nowak has also complained about marginalization of peripheralized nations and languages by anglophone academic philosophy. And so the bibliographic trail expands from there. And there are hierarchies within hierarchies.

I have long been exasperated by the parochialism of the dominant trends of anglophone philosophy. Engel summarizes the various dimensions of parochialism in philosophy. Wolters hones in on philosophy of science. They confirm in some detail what I as a non-academic have long surmised. Magris’s concern echoes Gombrowicz’s.

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