In Search of Africa(s)


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This important book by two leading scholars of Africa examines a series of issues that are central to the question of the postcolonial.  The postcolonial paradigm, and the more recent decolonial paradigm, raise the issue of the universal: is the postcolonial the first phase of a new universalism, one which would be truly universal because it would be fully inclusive, or is it on the contrary the denial of all universalism, the triumph of the particular and of fragmentation? 
In addressing this issue Diagne and Amselle also tackle many related themes, such as the concepts of race, culture and identity, the role of languages in philosophy as practised in different cultural areas, the various conceptions of Islam, especially in West Africa, and the outlines of an Africa which can be thought of at the same time as singular and as plural. Each thinker looks back at his writings on these themes, comparing and contrasting them with those of his interlocutor. While Amselle seeks to expose the essentialist and culturalist logics that might underlie postcolonial and decolonial thought, Diagne consistently refuses to adopt the trappings of the Afrocentrist and particularist thinker.  He argues instead for a total decentring of all thought, one that rejects all `centrisms' and highlights instead branchings and connections, transfers, analogies and reciprocal influences between cultural places and intellectual fields that may be distant but are not distinct in space and time.
This volume is a timely contribution to current debates on the postcolonial question and its new decolonial form.  It will be of great interest to students and scholars in a variety of fields, from African studies and Black studies to philosophy, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, as well as to anyone interested in the debates around postcolonial studies and decolonial thought

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    Jean-Loup Amselle, Souleymane Bachir Diagne

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Jean-Loup Amselle

Jean-Loup Amselle, anthropologue, est directeur d'études à l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Il a notamment publié, en 2008 chez Stock, L'Occident décroché. Enquête sur les postcolonialismes.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Philosophe sénégalais, Souleymane Bachir Diagneest né en 1955 à Saint- Louis. Normalien et agrégé de philosophie, il est actuellement professeur à l'Université de Columbia (New York). Il est l'auteur de livres consacrés à l'histoire de la logique et de la philosophie, à l'islam, aux sociétés et cultures africaines, à la pensée de Muhammad Iqbal, de Senghor et de Bergson.
En 2011, il a reçu le prix Édouard Glissant pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre. Son urgence philosophique est de développer une pensée du monde et du vivre ensemble.