This important book critically addresses the `becoming West' of Europe and investigates the `becoming Modern' of the world. Drawing on the work of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lyotard, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur, the book proposes that the question of postmodernity is inseparable from that of postcoloniality. The argument fully conveys the sense that modernity is in crisis. It maps out a new genealogy of the birth of the modern and suggests a new way of grounding the idea of an emancipation of being. Postcolonialism has emerged as a central topic in contemporary social science and cultural studies. This book informs readers as to the central strands of the debate and introduces a host of new ideas which will be a rich fund f
Chapter 2: Historicity, Responsibility, Subjectivity
Historicity, Responsibility, Subjectivity
As we look back at the theoretical and political transformations that have shaken modern times, it becomes clear that two forms of interrogations have profoundly disrupted the convictions and visions upon which we had relied for a long time to make sense of ourselves and of the world. The first set of questioning has ...