A Companion to the Philosophers by Robert L. Arrington

By Robert L. Arrington

A better half to the Philosophers surveys the key philosophical thinkers in Western and non-Western traditions. Multicultural in its process, it presents authoritative assurance of the foremost chinese language, Indian, eastern, African, Jewish, and Islamic philosophers, in addition to eu and American thinkers.

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P. 143). The liberated people should be careful, however, not to associate everything that the erstwhile colonialists had done with evil. ). There is no room in Cabral's philosophy of culture for any uncritical celebration of every element of the indigenous culture. , p. 150). ; see also p. 57). Only when the dominated people have done the preceding will they be in a position to commence on the longer and much more arduous road to the reestablishment and redevelopment of their culture. But the overthrow of the colonial regime is itself "an act of culture," for it represents an assertion of collective identity, a declaration that these people are everything that the colonizer had denied that they were.

Cabral's point was that the derivative processes that would have been triggered by imperialism, especially those concerning the crystalization of class differences and the emergence of a truly national bourgeoisie, never occurred in the African colonies. Consequently, it would not make sense to start looking to nonexistent empirical analogues of classic Marxist categories to effect the revolutionary transformation of the colonies: there simply were no bourgeoisies or proletariats to be found in Portugal's African colonies.

Every time a < previous page page_18 next page > < previous page page_19 next page > Page 19 man has contributed to the victory of the dignity of the spirit, every time a man has said no to an attempt to subjugate his fellows, I have felt solidarity with his act. In no way should I derive my basic purpose from the past of the peoples of colour. In no way should I dedicate myself to the revival of an unjustly unrecognized Negro civilization. I will not make myself a man of any past. I do not want to exalt the past at the expense of my present and of my future.

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