5 found
Order:
Disambiguations
Benjamin Davis [4]Benjamin P. Davis [1]
See also
Benjamin Davis
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
  1.  3
    Precarity and Resistance: A Critique of Martha Fineman's Vulnerability Theory.Benjamin Davis - 2021 - Hypatia 36 (2):1-17.
    Contemporary feminist theory by and large agrees on criticizing the traditional, autonomous subject and instead maintains a relational, dependent self, but the vocabulary used to describe the latter remains contested. These contestations are seen in comparing the approach of some feminist legal theory, as demonstrated by Martha Fineman, to the approach of some feminist theory that draws on continental philosophy, as demonstrated by Judith Butler. Fineman's concept of vulnerability emphasizes the universality of vulnerability in the human condition, arguing that a (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  2.  4
    Responsibilities of the Intellectual.Benjamin Davis - 2020 - Inter-American Journal of Philosophy 2 (11):35-48.
    In this essay, I link Pragmatism and the philosophy of liberation by making a comparison between John Dewey’s concept of the public and Enrique Dussel’s concept of the pueblo. I am specifically interested in how these concepts set up the relationship between intellectuals and their constituency—the community from which their thought emerges and to which they take themselves to be responsible. Reading the public and the pueblo together, I emphasize the need for intellectuals to consider further how their scholarship affects (...)
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  3.  8
    The Politics of Édouard Glissant’s Right to Opacity.Benjamin P. Davis - 2019 - Clr James Journal 25 (1):59-70.
    The central claim of this essay is that Édouard Glissant’s concept of “opacity” is most fruitfully understood not as a built-in protection of a population or as a summary term for cultural difference, but rather as a political accomplishment. That is, opacity is not a given but an achievement. Taken up in this way, opacity is relevant for ongoing decolonial work today.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  4.  5
    The Politics of Positionality: Distinguishing Between Post-, Anti-, and De-Colonial Methods.Benjamin Davis - 2020 - Culture, Theory, and Critique 60:1-15.
    This essay works at the intersection of two trends, one longstanding and one relatively more recent. First, it takes place against the background of the overwhelming influence that the category of ‘identity’ exercises on both contemporary knowledge production and political practice. Second, it responds to what has been called the ‘decolonial turn’ in theory. We compare the work of Gayatri Spivak, Aijaz Ahmad, and Walter Mignolo in terms of the following question: What kind of reflexive method do they deploy in (...)
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  5.  7
    What Could Human Rights Do? A Decolonial Inquiry.Benjamin Davis - 2020 - Transmodernity 5 (9):1-22.
    It is one thing to consider what human rights have been and another to inquire into what they could be. In this essay, I present a history of human rights vis-à-vis decolonization. I follow the scholarship of Samuel Moyn to suggest that human rights presented a “moral alternative” to political utopias. The question remains how to politicize the moral energy around human rights today. I argue that defending what Édouard Glissant calls a “right to opacity” could politicize the ethical energy (...)
    Direct download  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark