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date: 13 November 2019

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This article comments on the debate concerning the disparity between theory and practice in postcolonial studies. It suggests that anti-colonialism during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is founded on the idea that harmony between theory and practice is crucial for improved collective co-existence. In this line of argument, theory becomes synonymous with practice, giving rise to a dizzying variety of terms and concepts. The article discusses three taxonomies related to the theory/practice dialectic and part of the world of transnational twentieth-century imperialism. All three cohere around the emergence of a global phenomenology: transcendental phenomenology, existential phenomenology, and spiritual phenomenology.

Keywords: theory, practice, postcolonial studies, anti-colonialism, imperialism, transcendental phenomenology, existential phenomenology, spiritual phenomenology

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