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THEME

The Critical Philosophy of Race and Decoloniality

AUTHORS
Danielle Davis, Anisha Gautam, Yassir Morsi, Finex Ndhlovu, Michael Brogan, Devon R. Johnson, Carl Mika, Eliza Kent, Tory Richards, Aidan Coleman, Bridget Thomas, Fleur Beaupert, Rebecca Sargeant, Vakaren

VOLUME NO.
38 [4]

PUBLICATION DATE
2019

ABSTRACT

Frantz Fanon concluded his groundbreaking work, Black Skin White Masks, with the edifying words, ‘oh lord, let me be a man that questions’ (Fanon 1986). This is a key tenet for the theoretical purposes of philosophy, but has a haunting urgency for those working in the area of critical philosophy of race. Philosophy struggles with dark ‘otherness’ and struggles with gender. This is because the spaces of philosophy are both colonised and epistemically violent to those outside the realm of the Western canon, while also perverting those who are within it with the consequence of uncritically replicating coloniality and misogyny. A further consequence is that whiteness, maleness and coloniality structure philosophical thought and practice at a fundamental, and universal, level.

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