Writing Between the Singular and the Specific
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Absolutely Postcolonial by Peter Hallward
Book DescriptionWe may yet find a precise use for the notoriously elusive category 'postcolonial', but only on the condition that we abandon its usual associations with plurality, fragmentation, particularity and resistance. This book argues that the category is best used to describe an ultimately singular configuration. A singularity is something that generates the medium of its own existence, in the eventual absence of external criteria and other existences. Like other singularities - pertinent comparisons include aspects of Buddhism and Islam, as well as concepts drawn from the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou - what is distinctive about a postcolonial discourse or literature is its abstraction from the domain of relationality. Here, Hallward offers a new conceptual distinction between singular and specific modes of differentiation, which should prove influential in a range of discourses.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719061264
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Ethics, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Peter Hallward
Examines the assumptions behind the "ethical turn" in political and academic agendas which serve to reinforce the ideology of the status quo. The author demonstrates how an ethics conceived in terms of negative human rights and tolerance of "difference" cannot underpin a coherent concept of evil.
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Author Biography - Peter Hallward
Peter Hallward is Professor Of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London, and is the author of Subject to Truth: The Philosophy of Alain Badiou (2002)
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