Diaspora, philosophy and counter-education in the face of post-colonial reality

Cornel West, Ilan Gur-Ze'ev

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Human life begins in the middle, in the midst, and sometimes in the darkness. Or even in the woods. In the woods - you're in the middle and if you are always in the middle there is no home, or refuge or cave - a sure space that you have access to. It means then that the best we can do is to somehow try to strengthen our armor on the Socratic level - which is we must have courage to engage in critical reflection on being in the middle, knowing that there is always a remainder for Adorno the stuff that theories can't catch. It is the blind spots, the wasted material. Blind spots and wasted material that the dialectics cannot catch, which is the saying that there is a humility in being in the middle and to think you gain access to pure spaces of intellectual arrogance, which is blinding all the time and misleading. So, if you have a humility, which is not so much to come to skepticism, it is simply to say you would resist, you would transgress, you would continually try to transcend, you will fail, you will fall on your face, you would be inadequate, you won't have the conceptual clarity and transparency associated with pure spaces - you are a bluesman. There is no way out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-380
Number of pages23
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2010

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  • Education


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