The focus of the article is to explore the possibilities of philosophic discourse in the present postcolonial African situation. As indicated in the title, it will begin by exploring and laying out grosso modo, the character of philosophy as a discipline. It will then engage in examining, again broadly, Africa’s present: the situation that has prevailed since the end of formal colonialism. Consequent on the two expositive presentations, the article will then indicate the role that philosophy can and should play in this situation. The aim is to explore the possible beyond the demise of colonialism in the hope of catching sight of a truly postcolonial future. The article is thus a concise articulation of the hermeneutical stance in contemporary African philosophy.
Rikki Dean, Jean-Paul Gagnon, and Hans Asenbaum
Theory. 2 This is an odd discursive silence not observable in other closely aligned fields of thought such as political theory, 3 political science, 4 social theory, 5 philosophy, 6 economic theory, 7 and public policy/administration 8 – each of
Against Functional and Global Solutions to the Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory
and Some Puzzles about Global Democracy .” Journal of Social Philosophy 37 ( 1 ): 81 – 107 . 10.1111/j.1467-9833.2006.00304.x Christiano , Thomas . 2008 . The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits . Oxford : Oxford
Carole Pateman in Conversation with Graham Smith
Carole Pateman and Graham Smith
Obligation: A Critique of Liberal Theory . Cambridge : Polity Press . Pateman , Carole. 2002 . “ Self-Ownership and Property in the Person: Democratization and a Tale of Two Concepts .” Journal of Political Philosophy 10 ( 1 ): 20 – 53 . 10
The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World
Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, and Jean-Paul Gagnon
agency that excludes the active participation of myriad members of the demos on the basis of their alleged incompetence. Vink: It surely is an interesting, resourceful, and rich philosophy of interspecies democracy, and before responding to what has
The Conventional, Unconventional, and Alternative
( 2 ): 293 – 311 . doi: 10.1332/030557314X13959960668217 . 10.1332/030557314X13959960668217 Hegel , George W. F. 1956 . The Philosophy of History . New York : Dover Publications . Hooghe , Marc . 2014 . “ Defining political participation
Developing Donald Davidson's Ideas in International Political Theory
complemented by Davidson's larger ideas analysed below. First, I will consider Davidson's reception and relevance. Second, I will clarify the above-mentioned aspects of his philosophy. Third, I will explore the implications for IPT. Reception and Relevance
Towards a More Just Philosophical Community
This article examines the Australian ‘Continental Philosophy’ community through the lens of the Azanian philosophical tradition. Specifically, it interrogates the series of conversations around race and methodology that arose from the 2017 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) conference. At the heart of these were questions of place, race, Indigeneity, and the very meaning of ‘Continental Philosophy’ in Australia. The pages that follow pursue those questions, grappling with the relationship between the articulation of disciplinary bounds and the exercise of colonial power. Having struggled with the political and existential cost of participation in the epistemic community that is the ASCP, I argue for disengagement and the exploration of alternative intellectual communities. This is ultimately a call to intellectual work grounded on ethical relations rather than on the furtherance of the status quo. It is a call to take seriously the claim, ‘the land is ours’.
The Dynamics of Democratization: Elites, Civil Society and the Transition Process, by Graeme Gill. London: Macmillan, 2000. ISBN 0-333-80197
History of Shit, by Dominique Laporte. Translated by Nadia Benabid and Rodolphe el-Khoury. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2000. ISBN 0-2626-2160-6
An Introduction to Philosophy, by Jon Nuttall. Cambridge: Polity, 2002. ISBN 0-7456-1662-3
Andrew Benjamin and Francesco Borghesi
This special issue arose from a workshop on “Peace and Concord from Plato to Lessing”, organised by the editors and which took place at the University of Sydney on 18 and 19 September 2017. Central to the work of both the editors is the relationship between the concepts of ‘concord’, ‘peace’ and ‘dignity’ within a setting created by a concern with the development of a philological anthropology. Their work combines both intellectual history and philosophy, a combination that is reflected in the contents of the special issue of Theoria. The importance of these terms is that they allow for another interpretation of the ethical and the political. Central to both is the location of human being within a larger cultural context. That context demands an approach in which philosophy does not exclude history, and history recognises that it is already informed philosophically. If there is a unifying term, it is ‘culture’. The approach taken within the larger project starts with the centrality of culture as that which demands to be thought. And yet culture is neither tranquil nor unified. As Walter Benjamin argued, there ‘is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism’. Allowing for culture’s centrality entails a reconfiguration of both philosophy and intellectual history.