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date: 18 November 2019

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There is no such thing as ‘postcolonialism’—that unitary philosophical and political outlook which some have posited—for the field has always been deeply divided politically. The invention of ‘postcolonialism’ pivots on negating Hegel, a figure more invoked than real. Philosophy is politics, and so settling accounts with Hegel is more vital than any other question before us. In fact, Hegel invented the ‘other’, defended the sovereignty of the poor, explicitly challenged the colonial market, and created a notion of the ‘human’ that directly confronts the major contemporary threats to the periphery: posthumanism and the tyranny of the written.

Keywords: Philosophy versus ‘theory’, subjects’ self-making versus their identity, the state as a defence against the market, posthumanism as a colonialist gesture, the tyranny of writing over the oral

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