Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783604197 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604203 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Can Non-Europeans Think?

Hamid Dabashi

Can Non-Europeans Think?

Hamid Dabashi

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With a Foreword by Walter Mignolo
272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783604197 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604203 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Philosophy claims to be the search for knowledge, unbound by any fetters. Yet even a cursory analysis of how it is conceived when it exists outside the European tradition reveals a troubling bias. While European philosophy, for example is simply known as “philosophy,” African philosophy is all too often dubbed “ethnophilosophy.” The Western philosophical tradition simply hasn’t acknowledged the vast amount of innovative thought that has flourished outside the European philosophical pedigree—and that has led to awkward, and damaging, failures to properly reckon with the ideas of people like Japan’s Kojin Karatani, Cuba’s Roberto Fernandez Retamar, or even America’s Cornel West.

In Can Non-Europeans Think?, Hamid Dabashi brings together a unique group of historical and theoretical reflections on current affairs and the role of philosophy to argue that, in order to grapple with the problems of humanity today, we must eliminate the ethnographic gaze that infects philosophy and casts Arab and other non-Western thinkers as subordinates.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Foreword: Yes, We Can by Walter Mignolo
Introduction: Can Europeans Read?
1 Can Non-Europeans Think?
2 The Moment of Myth Edward Said, 1935-2003
3 The Middle East is Changed Forever
4 The War between the Civilized Man and the Savage
5 Postcolonial Defiance or Still the Other
Conclusion: The Continued Regime of Knowledge
Index
Review Quotes
Pankaj Mishra
“For decades, Hamid Dabashi has drawn from the histories of the non-West to argue for ways of thinking deemed illegitimate by the parochial but powerful guardians of intellectual life in the West. In Can Non-Europeans Think? he takes his subtle but vigorous polemic to another level. Anyone disheartened by the present impasse of historicism, or interested in alternatives to dysfunctional and discredited ideologies of progress, should read it.”

Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University
“These essays are trenchant, witty, provocative, mischievous, and on target. Now assembled in a volume and read together, they become organically interconnected moments of one broad, powerful, and compelling meditation on what it means to think (in) our global postcolonial world.”
Wael Hallaq, Columbia University
“Dabashi's book is both a panoramic critique of, and a revolt against, dominant forms of knowledge. It is characteristically lucid and accessible. A worthwhile read.”
Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University
“Drawing from his unrivalled inside knowledge of various intellectual traditions, Hamid Dabashi has written, with acuity, passion and humour, a critical synthesis of Western thought from the vantage point of the 'dark races'' distinctive epistemologies and historical references.”
Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South
“Hamid Dabashi's Can Non-Europeans Think? collects his important provocations on issues ranging from post-colonialism to democracy. These are pieces to wrestle with, to think about, to discuss and debate. Reading Dabashi is like going for an extended coffee with a very smart friend.”
Zillah Eisenstein, author of Sexual Decoys and The Audacity of Races and Genders
Can Non-Europeans Think? The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is also yes, but requires that the reader dismantles the very notion of 'West' and 'European'. This is a fabulous read.”
Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, author of Contemporary Arab Thought
“Dabashi eloquently articulates the intellectual journey of a whole generation of postcolonial thinkers: its findings must be heard.”
Drucilla Cornell, author of Law and Revolution in South Africa
“A much needed corrective to the complacent view that multicultural diversity reigns in US and European Universities. Hamid Dabashi's new work is a tour de force.”
S. Sayyid, author of Recalling the Caliphate
“With elegant irony, Can Non-Europeans Think? reorients our reading of the world. It is a passionate rejoinder to those who are unable to see beyond European framings and rootings.”
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