Hayden White

Metahistory by Hayden White | Subject: Philosophy of History

What does it mean to think historically? What are the unique characteristics of a historical method of inquiry? Hayden White’s Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe investigates the way historians write in different types of styles, and how various milieus shape history and ideas. His exegesis on the deep structure of historical imagination of 19th century Europe elucidates a fresh perspective on the debate over the nature and function of historical knowledge. Read

Affective Communities

Affective Communities by Leela Gandhi | Subject: Post Colonialism

Honoring Jacques Derrida’s Politics of Friendship, Leela Ghandi use historical frameworks and narrative to ascertain unacknowledged friendships and alliances among anticolonial mavericks that became endemic to the subcultures of late Victorian radicalism. As an ethically inventive enterprise, friendship became the most comprehensive way of signifying various “invisible” affective gestures that sought expression outside and against the ontology of communities and definition of belonging. Read

The Use Of Bodies

The Use of Bodies by Giorgio Agamben | Subject: Political Philosophy

The Use of Bodies traces the genealogy of thought that has been endemic to Western politics and philosophy since Aristotle. Following the revolutionary thought of Aristotle up to present day ideology, Agamben found errors and problems that were inherent to specific paradigms. Through language, the division of binaries such as act and potential, bios and zoe are shown to be inherent in doctrine, and thought, but this relationship leaves a shadow of unity through mutual interdependency. Read

Intimacies of Four Continents

Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe | Subject: Post Colonialism

Lowe dissects archives, and historical narratives to show that language creates an economy of affirmation and forgetting, where the image of Liberalism is self-perpetuated in a more civil and formal manner. In this way, writing and specific types of narratives subsumes or omits calamitous activities, colonial violence, and cultural perspectives. Liberalism advocated and guaranteed a contemporary way of thinking and application of ethics, which included universal rights, the emancipation of slavery or forced labor, and free trade. However, it created a paradox that gave increasing liberties to specific individuals and organizations and denied them unconditionally to others. Read

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