Introduction: Enrique Dussel's multiple decolonial contributions.
Central to Dussel's massive and continually expanding body of work is a profound political decolonial engagement which nevertheless refuses to shun thought: his is a philosophy in the fullest sense of the word, but liberation is its express objective. Or, as he put it in his 1971 Philosophy of Liberation: "Politics introduces ethics, which in turn introduces philosophy" (173). That these aspects should not be considered in isolation from one another, that philosophy should not be locked in the ivory tower as political practice and not be isolated from theory, is also attested to in Dussel's recent decision to accept--at the demand of organized student movements--the interim rectorship of the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM). Stepping into the contentious political fray in such a way was not something any philosopher could take lightly, but nor was it something that a philosopher of liberation could easily refuse.
It is in this spirit of engagement that we offer the essays collected here, which range from theoretical reflections on aspects of Dusselian thought to attempts to concretely apply his concepts to different aspects of reality. While reflecting the importance, coherence, and power of Dussel's work, these essays also reflect the range of this philosopher-historian-theologian-political theorist.
Eduardo Mendieta and Oscar Guardiola engage Dussel's recent intervention into rekindled debates on the importance of Saint Paul of Tarsus for radical thought, on which Dussel published yet another book in 2012. Linda Martin Alcoff and Lewis Gordon reflect on Dussel's polemical engagement in his "Anti-Cartesian Meditations" with the ostensible founder of European philosophy. Ramon Grosfoguel engages a broad range of Dussel's work, drawing epistemology and geopolitics into conversation to press forward the task of a decolonial epistemology by linking the four genocides/ epistemicides of the long 16th century with modern/colonial racist/sexist structures of knowledge. Finally, Dustin Craun turns Dussel's work toward pressing contemporary efforts to rethink Islam's contribution toward pluriversal transition to transmodernity. In the spirit of the conversations begun here, we also reprint Dussel's own "Agenda for a South-South Philosophical Dialogue" that seeks to transcend the false universalism of European philosophy in the hopes of ushering in a truly universal "pluriversal, trans-modern age." For decolonial thinkers around the world, there is a before and after Enrique Dussel's Liberation Philosophy.
Enrique Dussel, Philosophy of Liberation, trans. A. Martinez and C. Morkovsky. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock: 1985.
Issue Co-Editors: George Ciccariello-Maher and Ramon Grosfoguel
Drexel University and U.C. Berkeley
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George Ciccariello-Maher is assistant professor in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Ramon Grosfoguel is associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley.
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|Author:||Ciccariello-Maher, George; Grosfoguel, Ramon|
|Publication:||Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2013|
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