The Promise of Caribbean Philosophy: How It Can Cpntribute to a "New Dialogic" in Philosophy

Caribbean Studies 33 (2):3-34 (2005)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The Caribbean is a site where multiple cultures, peoples, waysof thinking and acting have come together and where new formsof philosophy are emerging. The promise of Caribbean philoso-phy lays in its ability to give shape to an intellectual tradition which is both true to and beneficial to Caribbean peoples whilesimultaneously being provocative enough to engage wisdom-seekers of various geographies and identities. I argue that onlyby pursuing a “New Dialogic” which engages the philosophicaltraditions of Africans, African Americans, and Native Ameri-cans can we hope to assert a unique philosophy of value toCaribbean peoples and cultures. The highest form of Caribbeanphilosophy thus must be plural and dialogical. Unfortunately,dialogues in philosophy have been typically characterized bya fixation with Europe, and a lack of consideration of otherphilosophical traditions or sources. The “New Dialogic” thatI propose here involves a more dynamic model of dialogue toopen or intensify different and multiple avenues of conceptualelaboration. I provide general guidelines or principles for this“New Dialogic” and demonstrate the extent to which Caribbeanphilosophers can both contribute to the expansion of this projectand be aided by it in their formulations of the field



External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Dialogic leadership as ethics action (praxis) method.Richard P. Nielsen - 1990 - Journal of Business Ethics 9 (10):765 - 783.


Added to PP

660 (#25,950)

6 months
70 (#69,202)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jennifer Lisa Vest
University of Central Florida

Citations of this work

Sylvia Wynter’s New Science of the Word and the Autopoetics of the Flesh.Rafael Vizcaíno - 2022 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 14 (1):72-88.
On epistemic freedom and epistemic injustice.Karl Landström - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.
Dialogue as the negation of hegemony: An African perspective.Pascah Mungwini - 2015 - South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (4):395-407.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Orientalism.Edward Said - 1978 - Vintage.
Orientalism.Peter Gran & Edward Said - 1980 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 100 (3):328.
Philosophy and an African culture.Kwasi Wiredu - 1980 - New York: Cambridge University Press.

View all 50 references / Add more references