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James Baldwin’s Pragmatist Aesthetics
Rohan Ghatage

This essay establishes a philosophical connection between James Baldwin and the philosopher William James by investigating how the pragmatist protocol against “vicious intellectualism” offers Baldwin a key resource for thinking through how anti-black racism might be dismantled. While Richard Wright had earlier denounced pragmatism for privileging experience over knowledge, and thereby offering the black subject no means for redressing America’s constitutive hierarchies, uncovering the current of Jamesian thought that runs through Baldwin’s essays brings into view his attempt to move beyond epistemology as the primary framework for inaugurating a future unburdened by the problem of the color line. Although Baldwin indicts contemporaneous arrangements of knowledge for producing the most dehumanizing forms of racism, he does not simply attempt to rewrite the enervating meanings to which black subjects are given. Articulating a pragmatist sensibility at various stages of his career, Baldwin repeatedly suggests that the imagining and creation of a better world is predicated upon rethinking the normative value accorded to knowledge in the practice of politics. The provocative challenge that Baldwin issues for his reader is to cease the well-established privileging of knowledge, and to instead stage the struggle for freedom within an aesthetic, rather than epistemological, paradigm.

James Baldwin Review
Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa

This paper questions the extent to which the (arguable) end of the liberal humanitarian order is something to be mourned. Suggesting that current laments for the decline of humanitarianism reflect a Eurocentric worldview, it calls for a fundamental revision of the assumptions informing humanitarian scholarship. Decoloniality and anti-colonialism should be taken seriously so as to not reproduce the same by a different name after the end of the liberal order.

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James Baldwin and the "Closeted-ness" of American Power
David Jones

This article reads the work of James Baldwin in dialogue with that of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Taking its cue from Baldwin’s claim that Americans “live […] with something in [their] closet” that they “pretend […] is not there,” it explores his depiction of a United States characterized by the “closeted-ness” of its racial discourse. In doing so, the article draws on Sedgwick’s work concerning how the containment of discourses pertaining to sexuality hinges on the closeting of non-heteronormative sexual practices. Reconceptualizing Sedgwick’s ideas in the context of a black, queer writer like Baldwin, however, problematizes her own insistence on the “historical gay specificity” of the epistemology she traces. To this end, this article does not simply posit a racial counterpart to the homosexual closet. Rather, reflecting Baldwin’s insistence that “the sexual question and the racial question have always been entwined,” I highlight here the interpretive possibilities opened up by intersectional analyses that view race, sexuality, and national identity as coextensive, reciprocal epistemologies.  

James Baldwin Review
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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

, Confounders and Ethical Considerations’ , MEFANET Journal , 4 : 1 , 44 – 9 . Bornstein , E. ( 2012 ), Disquieting Gifts: Humanitarianism in New Delhi ( Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press ). Burns , R. ( 2015 ), ‘ Rethinking Big Data in Digital Humanitarianism: Practices, Epistemologies, and Social

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Gender, sexual difference and knowledge in Bacon’s New Atlantis
Kate Aughterson

sexualised and gendered metaphors in a more complex way than critical history allows. Was he really the ‘founding father’7 of a binary epistemology that linked reason, masculinity and knowledge in contradistinction to feeling, femininity and matter? The metaphors of chaste marriages and legitimate children certainly invoke the discourse of seventeenth-century patriarchy, but it is noticeable that the description of marriage is one of mutuality and equity (‘nature to be commanded must be obeyed’). Bacon’s utopian text, the New Atlantis, is both a literal representation and

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis
Elana Wilson Rowe

that I  think serves well to capture the ongoing dynamics around authority in a cross-​cutting, regionally based ‘umbrella’ policy field such as the Arctic. This concept  –​civic epistemology  –​is first introduced in the coming section. Authority in global governance Rapid globalisation at the end of the Cold War increased and rendered highly visible the multitude of non-​state actors and social movements shaping a growing number of transnational policy fields. In coming to grips with this new quantity and visibility, IR scholars working in global governance first

in Arctic governance
Andrew Bowie

who wish to question the perception of Kant’s enterprise as merely an exercise in legitimating the natural sciences, and on the other to those who see the need to extend the scope of epistemology if it is not to founder on the problems that become apparent in the first two Critiques. Dieter Henrich regards the crux of Kant’s epistemology as the justification of ‘forms of cognition from the form and nature of self-consciousness’ (Henrich 1982 p. 176). The philosophical problem is therefore how the form and nature of self-consciousness are to be described. Descartes had

in Aesthetics and subjectivity
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Henry David Thoreau
David Herd

implications for thinking about, among other things, economy, epistemology and language. Or to put these categories in terms of the present participles Thoreau preferred (with the grammatical implication, thereby, of action, immediacy and, perhaps most importantly, continuation), Thoreau’s enthusiasm has radical things to teach us about ‘circulating’, ‘knowing’ and ‘deriving’. First, though, ‘enthusing’ – with what justice is Thoreau called an enthusiast? Enthusing Thoreau counts himself an enthusiast, or at least as someone who has enthusiasm, in the opening chapter of

in Enthusiast!
John Marriott

’s copious Asia in the Making of Europe , and to the pioneering work of Margaret Hodgen on early modern ethnology, 69 Rubies focuses on the question of how travel literature structured moral and political thought, and so contributed to the transition from the theological epistemology of medieval European culture to the historical and philosophical concerns of the nascent Enlightenment. It was not merely that this literature

in The other empire
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Reframing “sensing” and data generation in citizen science for empowering relationships
João Porto de Albuquerque and André Albino de Almeida

attributed to a “culturally invasive” mode of engagement. This is caused by paying insufficient attention to the specific cultural background and worldviews of the citizens and communities involved. Paying attention here means being sensitive to the “otherness” of the epistemic and cultural practices of citizens/communities, to what Jasanoff (2007) calls “civic epistemologies.” In addition, it means acknowledging that the definitions of the environmental objects that have to be sensed, and their potential properties/attributes, are a part of “ontological politics” (Mol

in Toxic truths