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An Africana Philosophy of Temporality

Homo Liminalis

Authors: Sawyer, Michael

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  • Explores temporality from the perspective of the subaltern.
  • Analyzes 'subjects in transition.'
  • Can be used by scholars in a variety of disciplines, including Political Theory, Critical Race Theory, Political Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Aesthetics.
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About this book

This book is a timely intervention in the areas of philosophy, history, and literature. As an exploration of the modern political order and its racial genealogy, it emerges at a moment when scholars and activists alike are wrestling with how to understand subject formation from the perspective of the subordinated rather than from dominant social and philosophical modes of thought. For Sawyer, studying the formation of racialized subjects requires a new imagining of marginalized subjects. Black subjectivity is not viewed from the static imaginings of social death, alienation, ongoing abjection, or as a confrontation with the treat of oblivion. Sawyer innovates the term "fractured temporality," conceptualizing Black subjects as moving within and across temporalities in transition, incorporated, yet excluded, marked with the social death of Atlantic slavery and the emergent political orders it etched, and still capable of exerting revolutionary force that acts upon, against, and through racial oppression.


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Michael Sawyer is an assistant professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College, USA.

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“Remember when people did theory with the honest and genuine aim of exploring philosophical and literary ideas with the hope of opening new ways of seeing rather than paying lip service to the big names and tired old chestnuts?  Well, here is Michael Sawyer.  His understanding and control of the ideas of Foucault and Fanon are impressive, but it is when he turns to Hegel that this text becomes beautifully arresting, confusing and fun.” (Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Southern California, USA)

“Bold, provocative, and grabbing, readers will acquire a powerful critical hermeneutics: Homo Liminalis. Sawyer’s remarkable homo liminalis is a conceptual and accessible contribution that reflects on and activates the breaks, the openings, or simply the cracks that occasion a new historical reality of the present for the subject. Sawyer’s insights––philosophical maps of ontological, conceptual, or evacuated bodies––are non-stop brilliance.” (Claudia Milian, Associate Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University, USA)

“Michael Sawyer’s new book is a bold, sweeping and original work, which frontally tackles the grand philosophical questions of sovereignty, subjectivity, temporality, and ultimately the meaning of the human. He utilizes, among others, W.E.B. Dubois, Frantz Fanon and especially Sylvia Wynter, in a sustained critique of Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic. This is essential reading for students of political philosophy, Africana philosophy, critical race theory, cultural studies and any discerning thinker.” (Brian Meeks, Chair of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, Brown University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Africana Philosophy of Temporality
Book Subtitle
Homo Liminalis
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98575-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98575-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98574-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07509-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 341
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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