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By Robert L. Arrington

A better half to the Philosophers surveys the most important philosophical thinkers in Western and non-Western traditions. Multicultural in its technique, it presents authoritative insurance of the most important chinese language, Indian, eastern, African, Jewish, and Islamic philosophers, in addition to ecu and American thinkers.

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But a closer perusal of his writings reveals a sophisticated thinker whose social and political philosophy, as well as philosophy of history, hold promise for our understanding of (a) the comparative philosophy of colonialism; (b) the adaption of Marxism (see MARX) to indigenous terrain, and thereby the extension of its theoretical reach; (c) national liberation and culture; and (d) the possibility of genuine human emancipation despite the violence of colonialism and the viciousness of racial oppression.

224 5). "A national culture is the whole body of efforts made by a people in the sphere of thought to describe, justify, and praise the action through which that people has created itself and keeps itself in existence. , p. 233). This task of retrieval is one of the principal functions that he allotted to the intellectuals of the new states. He called for a social and political consciousness that transcends both the colonial legacy and the indigenous heritage to herald what he calls "a new humanism," a feat he said Europe could not achieve because, in colonialism, Europe annihilated humanity.

But it may be the only building block we have available for the conceptual constructions that interpreters of the Fanon corpus are beginning to fashion. Fanon's call to a new humanism has implications for some of our contemporary debates concerning the possibilities of cross-cultural understanding, of cultural universals, and getting beyond our many solitudes. It speaks as much to the black nationalist as to the white nationalist, both of whom insist that the best of what we can be is to be dredged from their respective pasts.

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