Postcolonial critique of reason: Spivak between Kant and Matilal

Bilimoria, Purushottama 2002, Postcolonial critique of reason: Spivak between Kant and Matilal, Interventions: international journal of postcolonial studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 160-167, doi: 10.1080/13698010220144162.

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Title Postcolonial critique of reason: Spivak between Kant and Matilal
Author(s) Bilimoria, Purushottama
Journal name Interventions: international journal of postcolonial studies
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 160
End page 167
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-07
ISSN 1369-801X
Keyword(s) imperial and colonial history
post-colonial studies
postcolonialism social
cultural anthropology
Summary The paper ponders the location of Gayatri Spivak in the discursive space between Kant and Bimal K. Matilal (but she is also dis-located by her own enactments, disavowals). So it wonders what a postcolonial critique of reason would look like. In the chapter on philosophy, Spivak (1999) develops a sustained critique of just this kind by decoding the works of the 'Three Wise Men of Continental Europe' (Kant, Hegel, Marx), pointing, via the European impact on the Third World, to the ultimate 'foreclosure: [in the fashion of] the native informant'. But the paper detects another triangular imaginary of reason - this time without an apex, and with limited strategies, each deconstructing and challenging the other. Kant is thus important in spite of his own cosmopolitheia, Matilal for his rational realism of 'moral love'. What both fell short of was a genuine critique of the rational, and therefore also of one of its unfortunate beneficiaries, the postcolonial 'informant'; and this critique is Spivak's 'gift'.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13698010220144162
Field of Research 220309 Metaphysics
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis
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