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In Search of Africa(s) - Universalism and Decolonial Thought (Paperback): Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Jean-Loup Amselle In Search of Africa(s) - Universalism and Decolonial Thought (Paperback)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Jean-Loup Amselle; Translated by Andrew Brown
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This important book by two leading scholars of Africa examines a series of issues that are central to the question of the postcolonial. The postcolonial paradigm, and the more recent decolonial paradigm, raise the issue of the universal: is the postcolonial the first phase of a new universalism, one which would be truly universal because it would be fully inclusive, or is it on the contrary the denial of all universalism, the triumph of the particular and of fragmentation? In addressing this issue Diagne and Amselle also tackle many related themes, such as the concepts of race, culture and identity, the role of languages in philosophy as practised in different cultural areas, the various conceptions of Islam, especially in West Africa, and the outlines of an Africa which can be thought of at the same time as singular and as plural. Each thinker looks back at his writings on these themes, comparing and contrasting them with those of his interlocutor. While Amselle seeks to expose the essentialist and culturalist logics that might underlie postcolonial and decolonial thought, Diagne consistently refuses to adopt the trappings of the Afrocentrist and particularist thinker. He argues instead for a total decentring of all thought, one that rejects all 'centrisms' and highlights instead branchings and connections, transfers, analogies and reciprocal influences between cultural places and intellectual fields that may be distant but are not distinct in space and time. This volume is a timely contribution to current debates on the postcolonial question and its new decolonial form. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in a variety of fields, from African studies and Black studies to philosophy, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, as well as to anyone interested in the debates around postcolonial studies and decolonial thought

Open to Reason - Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition (Hardcover): Souleymane Bachir Diagne Open to Reason - Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition (Hardcover)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne; Translated by Jonathan Adjemian
R588 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R134 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? In Open to Reason, Souleymane Bachir Diagne traces Muslims' intellectual and spiritual history of examining and questioning beliefs and arguments to show how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and ideas both inside and outside its tradition. Through a rich reading of classical and modern Muslim philosophers, Diagne explains the long history of philosophy in the Islamic world and its relevance to crucial issues of our own time. From classical figures such as Avicenna to the twentieth-century Sufi master and teacher of tolerance Tierno Bokar Salif Tall, Diagne explores how Islamic thinkers have asked and answered such questions as Does religion need philosophy? How can religion coexist with rationalism? What does it mean to interpret a religious narrative philosophically? What does it mean to be human, and what are human beings' responsibilities to nature? Is there such a thing as an "Islamic" state, or should Muslims reinvent political institutions that suit their own times? Diagne shows that philosophizing in Islam in its many forms throughout the centuries has meant a commitment to forward and open thinking. A remarkable history of philosophy in the Islamic world as well as a work of philosophy in its own right, this book seeks to contribute to the revival of a spirit of pluralism rooted in Muslim intellectual and spiritual traditions.

In Search of Africa(s) - Universalism and Decolonial Thought (Hardcover): Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Jean-Loup Amselle In Search of Africa(s) - Universalism and Decolonial Thought (Hardcover)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Jean-Loup Amselle; Translated by Andrew Brown
R1,424 Discovery Miles 14 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This important book by two leading scholars of Africa examines a series of issues that are central to the question of the postcolonial. The postcolonial paradigm, and the more recent decolonial paradigm, raise the issue of the universal: is the postcolonial the first phase of a new universalism, one which would be truly universal because it would be fully inclusive, or is it on the contrary the denial of all universalism, the triumph of the particular and of fragmentation? In addressing this issue Diagne and Amselle also tackle many related themes, such as the concepts of race, culture and identity, the role of languages in philosophy as practised in different cultural areas, the various conceptions of Islam, especially in West Africa, and the outlines of an Africa which can be thought of at the same time as singular and as plural. Each thinker looks back at his writings on these themes, comparing and contrasting them with those of his interlocutor. While Amselle seeks to expose the essentialist and culturalist logics that might underlie postcolonial and decolonial thought, Diagne consistently refuses to adopt the trappings of the Afrocentrist and particularist thinker. He argues instead for a total decentring of all thought, one that rejects all 'centrisms' and highlights instead branchings and connections, transfers, analogies and reciprocal influences between cultural places and intellectual fields that may be distant but are not distinct in space and time. This volume is a timely contribution to current debates on the postcolonial question and its new decolonial form. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in a variety of fields, from African studies and Black studies to philosophy, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, as well as to anyone interested in the debates around postcolonial studies and decolonial thought

Postcolonial Bergson (Paperback): Souleymane Bachir Diagne Postcolonial Bergson (Paperback)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne; Translated by Lindsay Turner; Foreword by John E. Drabinski
R480 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R68 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Henri Bergson has been the subject of keen interest within French philosophy ever since being championed by Gilles Deleuze and others. Yet his influence extends well beyond European philosophy, especially within Africa and South Asia. Postcolonial Bergson traces the influence of Bergson's thought through the work of two major figures in the postcolonial struggle, Muhammad Iqbal and Leopold Sedar Senghor. Poets and statesmen as well as philosophers, both of these thinkers-the one Muslim and the other Catholic-played an essential political and intellectual role in the independence of their respective countries. Both found, in Bergson's work, important support for their philosophical, cultural, and political projects. For Iqbal, a founding father of independent Pakistan, Bergson's conceptions of time and creative evolution resonated with the need for the "reconstruction of religious thought in Islam," a religious thought newly able to incorporate innovation and change. For Senghor, Bergsonian ideas of perception, intuition, and elan vital-filtered in part through the work of the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin-proved crucial for thinking about African art, as well as foundational for his formulations of African socialism and his visions of an unalienated African future. At a moment of renewed interest in Bergson's philosophy, this book, by a major figure in both French and African philosophy, gives an expanded idea of the political ramifications of Bergson's thought in a postcolonial context.

Nostalgia - When Are We Ever at Home? (Paperback): Barbara Cassin Nostalgia - When Are We Ever at Home? (Paperback)
Barbara Cassin; Translated by Pascale-Anne Brault; Foreword by Souleymane Bachir Diagne
R381 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R32 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner, French Voices Grand Prize Nostalgia makes claims on us both as individuals and as members of a political community. In this short book, Barbara Cassin provides an eloquent and sophisticated treatment of exile and of desire for a homeland, while showing how it has been possible for many to reimagine home in terms of language rather than territory. Moving from Homer's and Virgil's foundational accounts of nostalgia to the exilic writings of Hannah Arendt, Cassin revisits the dangerous implications of nostalgia for land and homeland, thinking them anew through questions of exile and language. Ultimately, Cassin shows how contemporary philosophy opens up the political stakes of rootedness and uprootedness, belonging and foreignness, helping us to reimagine our relations to others in a global and plurilingual world.

Nostalgia - When Are We Ever at Home? (Hardcover): Barbara Cassin Nostalgia - When Are We Ever at Home? (Hardcover)
Barbara Cassin; Translated by Pascale-Anne Brault; Foreword by Souleymane Bachir Diagne
R1,551 R1,248 Discovery Miles 12 480 Save R303 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner, French Voices Grand Prize Nostalgia makes claims on us both as individuals and as members of a political community. In this short book, Barbara Cassin provides an eloquent and sophisticated treatment of exile and of desire for a homeland, while showing how it has been possible for many to reimagine home in terms of language rather than territory. Moving from Homer's and Virgil's foundational accounts of nostalgia to the exilic writings of Hannah Arendt, Cassin revisits the dangerous implications of nostalgia for land and homeland, thinking them anew through questions of exile and language. Ultimately, Cassin shows how contemporary philosophy opens up the political stakes of rootedness and uprootedness, belonging and foreignness, helping us to reimagine our relations to others in a global and plurilingual world.

African Art as Philosophy - Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude (Hardcover): Souleymane Bachir Diagne African Art as Philosophy - Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude (Hardcover)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Out of stock

Leopold Sedar Senghor (1906-2001) was a Senegalese poet and philosopher who in 1960 also became the first president of the Republic of Senegal. "In African Art as Philosophy," Souleymane Bachir Diagne takes a unique approach to reading Senghor's influential works, taking as the starting point for his analysis Henri Bergson's idea that in order to understand philosophers one must find the initial intuition from which every aspect of their work develops. In the case of Senghor, Diagne argues that his primordial intuition is that African art is a philosophy.

To further this point, Diagne looks at what Senghor called the "1889 Revolution," and the influential writers and publications of that time--specifically, Nietzsche and Rimbaud, as well as Bergson's "Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness." The 1889 Revolution, Senghor claims, is what led him to the understanding of the "Vitalism" at the core of African religions and beliefs that found expression in the arts.

This book offers a distinct, incisive look at an important figure in African literature and politics that will be welcomed by scholars in African Studies and philosophy.

Postcolonial Bergson (Hardcover): Souleymane Bachir Diagne Postcolonial Bergson (Hardcover)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne; Translated by Lindsay Turner; Foreword by John E. Drabinski
R1,745 R1,401 Discovery Miles 14 010 Save R344 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Henri Bergson has been the subject of keen interest within French philosophy ever since being championed by Gilles Deleuze and others. Yet his influence extends well beyond European philosophy, especially within Africa and South Asia. Postcolonial Bergson traces the influence of Bergson's thought through the work of two major figures in the postcolonial struggle, Muhammad Iqbal and Leopold Sedar Senghor. Poets and statesmen as well as philosophers, both of these thinkers-the one Muslim and the other Catholic-played an essential political and intellectual role in the independence of their respective countries. Both found, in Bergson's work, important support for their philosophical, cultural, and political projects. For Iqbal, a founding father of independent Pakistan, Bergson's conceptions of time and creative evolution resonated with the need for the "reconstruction of religious thought in Islam," a religious thought newly able to incorporate innovation and change. For Senghor, Bergsonian ideas of perception, intuition, and elan vital-filtered in part through the work of the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin-proved crucial for thinking about African art, as well as foundational for his formulations of African socialism and his visions of an unalienated African future. At a moment of renewed interest in Bergson's philosophy, this book, by a major figure in both French and African philosophy, gives an expanded idea of the political ramifications of Bergson's thought in a postcolonial context.

Mit Und Von Einander Lernen Der Kulturen - Fur Eine Gegenseitige Aufklarung (German, Paperback): H Nur Artiran, Boutros... Mit Und Von Einander Lernen Der Kulturen - Fur Eine Gegenseitige Aufklarung (German, Paperback)
H Nur Artiran, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Catherine David, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Mamadou Diawara, …
R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Ink of the Scholars - Reflections on Philosophy in Africa (Paperback): Souleymane Bachir Diagne The Ink of the Scholars - Reflections on Philosophy in Africa (Paperback)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne; Translated by Jonathan Adjemian
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Islam and Open Society Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (Paperback): Souleymane Bachir Diagne Islam and Open Society Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (Paperback)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the atmosphere of suspicion and anger that characterizes our time, it is a joy to hear the voice of Iqbal, both passionate and serene. It is the voice of a soul that is deeply anchored in the Quranic Revelation, and precisely for that reason, open to all the other voices, seeking in them the path of his own fidelity. It is the voice of a man who has left behind all identitarian rigidity, who has 'broken all the idols of tribe and caste' to address himself to all human beings. But an unhappy accident has meant that this voice was buried, both in the general forgetting of Islamic modernism and in the very country that he named before its existence, Pakistan, whose multiple rigidities - political, religious, military - constitute a continual refutation of the very essence of his thought. But we all need to hear him again, citizens of the West, Muslims, and those from his native India, where a form of Hindu chauvinism rages in our times, in a way that exceeds his worst fears. Souleymane Bachir Diagne has done all of us an immense favor in making this voice heard once again, clear and convincing. Charles Taylor, Professor, McGill University Quebec, Canada

Pour nous reconstruire et redevenir nous-memes - Pour redonner du sens a la tradition (suivi de) (French, Paperback): Bwemba... Pour nous reconstruire et redevenir nous-memes - Pour redonner du sens a la tradition (suivi de) (French, Paperback)
Bwemba Bong, Souleymane Bachir Diagne
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Uber-Setzen - Sprachenvielfalt Und Interkulturelle Hermeneutik (German, Hardcover): Doris Bachmann-Medick, Dorte Borchers, Anna... Uber-Setzen - Sprachenvielfalt Und Interkulturelle Hermeneutik (German, Hardcover)
Doris Bachmann-Medick, Dorte Borchers, Anna Czajka-Cunico, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Josef Estermann, …
R1,147 Discovery Miles 11 470 Out of stock
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