Colonialism and Its Legacies by Iris Marion Young, Jacob T. Levy

By Iris Marion Young, Jacob T. Levy

Colonialism and Its Legacy brings jointly essays by way of prime students in either the fields of political concept and the historical past of political considered eu colonialism and its legacies, and postcolonial social and political concept. The essays discover the ways that ecu colonial tasks based and formed a lot of contemporary political idea, how ideas from political philosophy affected and have been learned in colonial and imperial perform, and the way we will comprehend the highbrow and social global left at the back of by means of a half-millennium of eu empires. the amount levels from the start of modernity to the current day, analyzing colonialism and colonial legacies in India, Africa, Latin the United States, and North the US.

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It is one entire whole, the diverse parts of which attract, support, and balance each other. It resembles the human body, all the parts of which are affected when one of them does not fulfill its proper function. (XIX, 6) While many of these parts fail to function, in his view, others manage to produce and to sustain social reforms that promote human welfare, break down prejudices, and encourage even broader developments. Diderot’s call to restore the “happy fraternity that constituted the delight of the first ages” presents some sense of his ideal of commerce: “Let all peoples, in whatever country fate has placed them, under whatever government they live, whatever religion they practise, communicate as freely with each other as the inhabitants of one hamlet with those of a neighbouring one .

2. For instance, see J. G. A. Pocock, Barbarism and Religion, vol. 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 106–14. It should be noted that such political developments and intellectual projects do not amount, in Pocock’s view, to a description of “the” Enlightenment (or of “the Enlightenment project”), a singular, nonpluralistic characterization of the political thought of the long eighteenth century that he vehemently rejects. Cf. Jonathan I. Israel, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 863–71.

Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977), 62. Chapter Two Empire, Progress, and the “Savage Mind” Jennifer Pitts 1 I. INTRODUCTION This chapter is an effort to explore the implications of what might be called a cognitive-development conception of progress for views of Europe’s relation to non-European societies among British thinkers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Such a conception emerged in the thought of some Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, including William Robertson and Henry Home, Lord Kames and was adopted and intensified by later thinkers such as James and J.

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