Beyond Eurocentrism and Anarchy
This book re-evaluates 'international knowledge' in light of recent scholarship in the fields of hermeneutics, ethnography, and historiography regarding the 'non-West', the past, and the present of international society. It offers a view of the present in the form of a critique of Euro-centrism and occidentalist views of the postwar order, its institutions, and political mechanisms. Its aim is to counter the pervasive shadow of anarchy and strong disciplinary scepticism about political possibilities outside of the strictures of modern Western forms. It proposes formulations of power, interest, ethics, and subjectivity by a group of African intellectuals as plausible alternatives to official French and American postwar proposals for world order.