The Aesopian challenge

Weslati, Hager [Speaker] (2018) The Aesopian challenge. In: Exemplarity, authority, universalizability : how is a geopolitics of philosophy to be conceptualised?; 04 May 2018, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Calls for the emergence of a situated and culture-specific philosophy, from Russia in the 20s to Latin America in the late 60s, or more recently in parts of Arab-speaking cultures after 2011, are indicative of, not one but way too many ghosts under the stage of western philosophy. Mostly lost (not to say unavailable) in translation (and why should they be?), other ways of doing philosophy cannot all be painted with the same brush of the ‘non-Western’, coloniality, the ‘minor’ or the ‘subaltern’. Where knowledge of other peoples, languages and systems of thought are unavailable to students of philosophy, the conceptual toolbox of exclusion and inclusion, centre and periphery, is always present-at-hand and ready-to-hand. A more adequate approach will have to remain attentive to moments when the (western) philosophical tradition is (re)presented or (re)interpreted in the form of a narrative. Leaving aside the toolbox option, we will focus our attention on a larger crowd of philosophers who took a stab at narrativizing the philosophical tradition. In this talk, I will discuss the two cases of Wallerstein- Quijano and Kojève, but the audience is invited to bring along their favourite examples and compare notes.

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