Post-colonial theories present narratives of discontent based on resentment toward colonial exploitation and cultural hegemony. The substance matter of post-colonial narratives (their first-order argument) is sound. Post-colonial theories often rely on a post-modern philosophical argumentative structure (their second-order argument). The second-order argument is not able to support the first-order argument. In particular, the nihilist consequences of post-modernism make impossible the construction of a (post-colonial) discourse through which the discontent is transformed in a basis for a reasonable political action. The lack of such a discourse is a source of intellectual despair and predisposes to political fragmentation. Moreover, protest without arguments often coincides with violence. Within a liberal view of justice it is possible to represent post-colonialism as a critical stance.

How to avoid the liaison dangereuse between post-colonialism and postmodernism / Maffettone, Sebastiano. - In: PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM. - ISSN 0191-4537. - 37:4(2011), pp. 493-504. [10.1177/0191453710397983]

How to avoid the liaison dangereuse between post-colonialism and postmodernism

MAFFETTONE, SEBASTIANO
2011

Abstract

Post-colonial theories present narratives of discontent based on resentment toward colonial exploitation and cultural hegemony. The substance matter of post-colonial narratives (their first-order argument) is sound. Post-colonial theories often rely on a post-modern philosophical argumentative structure (their second-order argument). The second-order argument is not able to support the first-order argument. In particular, the nihilist consequences of post-modernism make impossible the construction of a (post-colonial) discourse through which the discontent is transformed in a basis for a reasonable political action. The lack of such a discourse is a source of intellectual despair and predisposes to political fragmentation. Moreover, protest without arguments often coincides with violence. Within a liberal view of justice it is possible to represent post-colonialism as a critical stance.
post-colonialism; post-modernism; political philosophy
How to avoid the liaison dangereuse between post-colonialism and postmodernism / Maffettone, Sebastiano. - In: PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM. - ISSN 0191-4537. - 37:4(2011), pp. 493-504. [10.1177/0191453710397983]
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