Presentation Title

What is Decolonial Philosophy?

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Calarco Ph.D.

Start Date

23-11-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:15 AM

Location

Markstein 209

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

What is Decolonial Philosophy? How can one do decolonial philosophy? Is there one best way to be a decolonial philosopher? I believe that questions such as these impose colonial attitudes through an expectation of particular political, economic, artistic, and academic projects. Despite decolonial philosophy offering many identifying features, I argue that to define decolonial philosophy as one type of action, or as merely justice, is itself an injustice. To present my argument, I first use Walter Mignolo and Maria Lugones to provide an understanding of how terminology within decolonial philosophy carries with it a colonial attitude and purview. Following this foundation, I then offer several examples wherein one will misunderstand or exclude decolonial projects through upholding one dogmatic definition of decolonial philosophy. Following the presentation of my research, I will posit an additional identifying feature of decolonial philosophy, namely the emotion of guilt. I believe my proposal of guilt, felt by the colonizing and decolonizing agent undercuts some, if not most, colonial aspects of language. Thus, my contribution avoids placing dogmatic definitions or expectations while also allowing for new perspectives to influence and adjust the boundaries of guilt. Lastly, I address two objections. The first objection asks whether the use of a colonizer’s language might be counterintuitive to the decolonial project. I argue that this objection, although valid to some extent, does not harm my argument or negate my proposal of guilt. The second objection addresses whether or not positing guilt disqualifies any previous decolonial projects: I believe guilt does not commit such an exclusion. Lastly, I urge my audience to keep an open mind to various projects and suspend judgment on the authenticity of various political, academic, artistic, or economic projects.

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Nov 23rd, 11:00 AM Nov 23rd, 11:15 AM

What is Decolonial Philosophy?

Markstein 209

What is Decolonial Philosophy? How can one do decolonial philosophy? Is there one best way to be a decolonial philosopher? I believe that questions such as these impose colonial attitudes through an expectation of particular political, economic, artistic, and academic projects. Despite decolonial philosophy offering many identifying features, I argue that to define decolonial philosophy as one type of action, or as merely justice, is itself an injustice. To present my argument, I first use Walter Mignolo and Maria Lugones to provide an understanding of how terminology within decolonial philosophy carries with it a colonial attitude and purview. Following this foundation, I then offer several examples wherein one will misunderstand or exclude decolonial projects through upholding one dogmatic definition of decolonial philosophy. Following the presentation of my research, I will posit an additional identifying feature of decolonial philosophy, namely the emotion of guilt. I believe my proposal of guilt, felt by the colonizing and decolonizing agent undercuts some, if not most, colonial aspects of language. Thus, my contribution avoids placing dogmatic definitions or expectations while also allowing for new perspectives to influence and adjust the boundaries of guilt. Lastly, I address two objections. The first objection asks whether the use of a colonizer’s language might be counterintuitive to the decolonial project. I argue that this objection, although valid to some extent, does not harm my argument or negate my proposal of guilt. The second objection addresses whether or not positing guilt disqualifies any previous decolonial projects: I believe guilt does not commit such an exclusion. Lastly, I urge my audience to keep an open mind to various projects and suspend judgment on the authenticity of various political, academic, artistic, or economic projects.