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As Wide as the World Is WiseReinventing Philosophical Anthropology$
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Michael Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178280

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178280.001.0001

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Center and Periphery

Center and Periphery

(p.181) 10. Center and Periphery
As Wide as the World Is Wise

Michael Jackson

Columbia University Press

The leitmotif of chapter ten is alienation. Though Marx broached this subject in his critique of the capitalist mode of production – which alienates the worker from the fruits of his labor and undermines his capacity to determine his own destiny – and French existentialism made fashionable cognate ideas of aloneness and estrangement in mass society, my focus is the imperfect fit between our lived experience and the ways in which we conceptualize, narrate and represent it. Building on Adorno’s negative dialectics, Derrida’s method of deconstruction, and James’ radical empiricism, I explore this aporia between words and worlds, nomos and nature, through the vernacular medium of Kuranko storytelling. Storytelling, I argue, may be conceptualized as an alternative sovereignty, a negotiated form of ethical and social life that lies at the margins of the state - a space outside of domestication.

Keywords:   Philosophy, Anthropology, Philosophical anthropology, subjectivity

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