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Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism

Simone Bignall

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639434
eISBN:
9780748671878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book opens up a new direction for postcolonial studies by creating concepts of agency, resistance and transformation that allow positive roles for desire and difference in the development of ... More


“No More Relevance than One's Eye Color” *: Justice and a Society without Gender

Mary Lyndon Shanley

in Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195337396
eISBN:
9780199868681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

To what extent would sex, in a just society, be like eye color—an irrelevant personal feature with little significance? Okin made the parallel in her writings; this chapter explores and contests that ... More


Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights

Corey Brettschneider

in When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147628
eISBN:
9781400842377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147628.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the freedom of religion. On some accounts of religious freedom, religious beliefs deserve a presumptive protection from state influence. The chapter argues against such ... More


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Jean-Luc Nancy

in After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263387
eISBN:
9780823266333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter deals with transformation after the disaster. The effects of Fukushima are incalculable—on the earth, on the regions, the seas, and for the economies of energy of a country. What is ... More


The Problem of the Negative

Simone Bignall

in Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639434
eISBN:
9780748671878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter describes the prominent philosophy of dialectical process that originates with Hegel. In Western political thought following Kojève's influential interpretation of Hegel in the 1930s, ... More


Postcolonial Appropriations

Simone Bignall

in Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639434
eISBN:
9780748671878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter 2 argues that postcolonial theory remains seduced by a dialectical view of history. In so doing, postcolonial theory remains tied to an imperial philosophy of difference. The association of ... More


Vitalities of Non-sovereign Agency

Sharon R. Krause

in Freedom Beyond Sovereignty: Reconstructing Liberal Individualism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226234694
eISBN:
9780226234724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226234724.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

However disabling social inequality may be in general, the alchemy of agency makes agency periodically unpredictable – sometimes unpredictably forceful. Although it is a socially distributed ... More


Transformations

Arthur Kaledin

in Tocqueville and His America: A Darker Horizon

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300119312
eISBN:
9780300176209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300119312.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Various accounts describe Alexis de Tocqueville's wilderness trips during his journey to America, especially how he transforms the materials and symbols of his wilderness adventures. Tocqueville's ... More


Is There a Difference That Makes a Difference between Dignity and uBuntu?

Drucilla Cornell

in Law and Revolution in South Africa: uBuntu, Dignity, and the Struggle for Constitutional Transformation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257577
eISBN:
9780823261574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257577.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Since WWII, dignity has become an important legal and moral value in almost all of the instruments of human rights and international law, and has no been incorporated into constitutions as a ... More


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