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International Political Theory

Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought

Authors: Bird, Gemma

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  • Is unique in its use of African scholarship to discuss the Kantian concept of self-law giving as a potentially universal foundational principle
  • Addresses topical debates within international relations surrounding cross-cultural dialogues
  • Offers a broad scope of analysis both geographically across Africa and temporally
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This book addresses the potential existence of shared foundational principles in the work of Immanuel Kant and a range of African political thought, as well as their suitability in facilitating just and fair cross-cultural dialogue. The book first establishes an analytical framework grounded in a Kantian approach to understanding shared human principles, suggesting that a drive to be self-law giving may underpin all human interactions regardless of cultural background. It then investigates this assumption by carrying out a theoretical analysis of texts and speeches from a variety of African scholarship, ranging from the colonial period to the present day. The analysis, divided into three distinctive chapters covers the Négritude movement, African socialism and post-colonial philosophers, including such thinkers as: Léopold Sédar Sengor, Julius K Nyerere, Kwame Nkrumah, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kwasi Wiredu and Kwame Gyekye. The author argues that underpinning each of their very different theoretical positions and arguments is a foundational argument for the importance of self-law giving. In doing so she highlights the need to respect this principle when embarking on cross-cultural dialogues. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of African political thought, political theory and international relations.

About the authors

Gemma Bird is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at The University of Liverpool, UK. Her work sits at the intersection between political theory and international relations, focusing on themes of marginalization, culture and dialogue in different setting within discussions of international political thought. Her publications have featured in Citizenship Studies as well as other prominent journals in the field.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-07425-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought
Authors
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97943-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97943-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97942-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07425-8
Series ISSN
2662-6039
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 220
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