Can non-Europeans think?

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Literature
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Can non-Europeans think? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.{Link}.

Michel Foucault

French philosopher Michel Foucault,he of the discourse concept {Post structuralism}.

Why is European philosophy ‘philosophy’,but African philosophy ‘ethnophilosophy’ ?

”How can history have a truth if truth in itself has a history” ? -Michel Foucault.Michel Foucault,an important influence on postructuralists in international relations,was opposed to the notion that knowledge is immune from the workings of power.Instead,he argued that power in fact produces knowledge.All power requires knowledge and all knowledge relies on and reinforces existing power relations. Thus there is no such thing as ‘truth’ outside of power.Postructuralists examine the concepts that dominate international relations-the discipline.That the dominant concepts are highly contingent on specific power relations.It is worth noting that all the major theories of International Relations/Studies -realism,liberalism,Marxism,social constructivism, and postructuralism- all emerged in  Europe in response to specific European problems,reckon postcolonialists.Postcolonial scholars question whether such theories can really purport to explain world politics.It is more likely that they continue to justify the military and economic subordination of the global South by powerful Western interests.(Globalization of World Politics).

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  1. Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    Because African Philosophy is not write. Not until we write, hey, those who write make the rules. Africa must write. If you don’t read you cannot lead, is you don’t write you cannot put things right.
    If African philosophy want to be taken serious, we must write all our thoughts down and preserve African thinking for tomorrow, not as a means to justify the past.

    • Couldn’t have agreed less Davies.Power still does influence what we read.Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie reckons how stories are told,who tells them,how many times they’re told is really dependent on power.I am not for one second suggesting that unless the balance of power shifts,things would remain as they are.We need to tell our stories from our perspective,as you rightfully allude to,and support & appreciate ‘our’ own as well.

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