A Companion to the Philosophers by Robert L. Arrington

By Robert L. Arrington

A significant other to the Philosophers surveys the most important philosophical thinkers in Western and non-Western traditions. Multicultural in its process, it presents authoritative insurance of the main chinese language, Indian, eastern, African, Jewish, and Islamic philosophers, in addition to eu and American thinkers.

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To break up the colonial world does not mean that after the frontiers have been abolished lines of communication will be set up between the two zones. The destruction of the colonial world is no more and no less than the abolition of one zone, its burial in the depths of the earth or its expulsion from the country. (The Wretched of the Earth, pp. 40 1, emphasis added) One may disagree with his historical account of the predations of colonialism as he represents them in his books, one may demur from his conceptual elucidation of colonialism as a system of violence, but what we may not do is ignore the premises of his argument and try to caricature him as an apostle of mindless violence.

By bringing about this reversal of fortune, the liberated people will be able to recover their cultural heritage, their own ways of being human. But even these must be done in a critical way that takes cognizance of the distortions that have occurred under colonialism and steers clear of an unthinking celebration of cultural anachronisms. Fanon was concerned to warn the colonized against the tendency to lazily lay hold of various indigenous institutions and practices in the name of some spurious authenticity or an undiscerning nationalism that may then end up stoking the embers of division < previous page page_17 next page > < previous page page_18 next page > Page 18 regional, ethnic, religious, national, etc.

According to Cabral, there are at least two forms of colonialism: 1 Direct domination, by means of a political power made up of agents foreign to the < previous page page_6 next page > < previous page page_7 next page > Page 7 dominated people (armed forces, police, administrative agents and settlers) which is conventionally called classical colonialism or colonialism. (It is important to point out that this is a different kind of colonialism from that which people have in mind when they speak of "American colonies" or colonial Canada or colonial Australia.

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