Peter K. J. Park: Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830 (2013)

29 November 2014, dusan

“A historical investigation of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from modern histories of philosophy.

In this provocative historiography, Peter K. J. Park provides a penetrating account of a crucial period in the development of philosophy as an academic discipline. During these decades, a number of European philosophers influenced by Immanuel Kant began to formulate the history of philosophy as a march of progress from the Greeks to Kant—a genealogy that supplanted existing accounts beginning in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time when European interest in Sanskrit and Persian literature was flourishing. Not without debate, these traditions were ultimately deemed outside the scope of philosophy and relegated to the study of religion. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the development of an exclusionary canon of philosophy in the decades of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. To what extent was this exclusion of Africa and Asia a result of the scientization of philosophy? To what extent was it a result of racism?

This book includes the most extensive description available anywhere of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures on the history of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the history of philosophy, and the controversy between G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over ‘pantheism.'”

Review (Carlin Romano, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014)
Discussion (Warp, Weft, and Way blog, Oct 2014)

Publisher SUNY Press, 2013
Philosophy and Race series
ISBN 9781438446417
237 pages



Abdel Rahman Badawi: Autobiography (2000) [Arabic]

22 July 2013, dusan

يتحدث الكتاب في عن سيرة حياة أحد أهم المفكرين البارزين في مصر والذي كانت له إسهامات كبيرة في مجال التأليف، حيث كان لأكثرها الطابع الديني الإسلامي. يسوق المؤلف، وهو صاحب السيرة، سيرة حياته بكل مجرياتها والتي تزامنت مع أحداث مهمة على كل الأصعدة، السياسية، الاجتماعية، الثقافية، الدينية في مصر، وكان لهذه المجريات تأثير على مسيرته الفكرية. إنها سيرة تعكس نضال أهل الفكر، بصورة عامة والبدوي بصورة خاصة، في هذه الحياة في سبيل دفاعهم عن مبادئهم من ناحية، ونضالهم في سبيل إتمام رسالتهم التي خصهم الله بها من ناحية أخرى مكرسين حياتهم لإبداعهم، ولعطاءاتهم الثرّة التي تمثل في كلياتها كنزاً فكرياً عربياً، معينه لا ينضب

عبد الرحمن بدوي: سيرة حياتي
Publisher Arab Institute for Research and Publishing, Beirut, 2000
765 pages

Badawi at Wikipedia (English)

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Hamid Dabashi: The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism (2012)

7 January 2013, dusan

This pioneering explanation of the Arab Spring will define a new era of thinking about the Middle East.

In this landmark book, Hamid Dabashi argues that the revolutionary uprisings that have engulfed multiple countries and political climes from Morocco to Iran and from Syria to Yemen, were driven by a ‘Delayed Defiance’ – a point of rebellion against domestic tyranny and globalized disempowerment alike – that signifies no less than the end of postcolonialism. Sketching a new geography of liberation, Dabashi shows how the Arab Spring has altered the geopolitics of the region so radically that we must begin re-imagining the ‘the Middle East’.

Ultimately, the ‘permanent revolutionary mood’ Dabashi brilliantly explains has the potential to liberate not only those societies already ignited, but many others through a universal geopolitics of hope.

Publisher Zed Books, 2012
ISBN 1780322232, 9781780322230
150 pages

review (Jack Farmer, Socialist Review)
interview with the author (JP O’Malley, OpenDemocracy)

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