Partisan Universalism: Essays in Honour of Ato Sekyi-Otu

This book is a dedication to Ato Sekyi-Otu, the professor, mentor, and scholar. His students, collogues and admirers have penned appreciation and critique of his writing, theories and extended implications of his decades of work. Sekyi-Otu’s most notable texts that are taken issue in this series are Fanon’s Dialectic of Experience (1996) and Left Universalism, Africacentric Essays (2019). The authors provide commentary and engage in perspectives that Sekyi-Otu provides a foundation for.  The paradox of “left universalism” and “Africacentric” becomes a possible strategy in crafting an unrestricted, critically informed conception of recognition in the context of Indigenous, post-colonial African or Asian studies and oppressed groups of people. Sekyi-Otu’s idiosyncratic structural alignment to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit brings to light other interconnectivities such as Hegel’s undergird to the development of Fanonian ethnopsychiatry and the history of rationality. Sekyi-Otu helps readers better understand the tradition of political philosophy as a praxis for those who draw on his understandings of humanism and the complexities of universalist thought. His teachings impress upon us to think beyond the foundationalist claims of anticolonial theory and practice and the writers of this series have graciously taken his teaching to meet the questions of many contemporary and historical socio-political cleavages of thought.


CONTENTS

Preface by Ato Seyki-Otu

• Introduction

• Fanon for a post-imperial world:
 On universals and other human matters – Stephan Kipfer
• The Sea Menagerie:
 Esi Edugyan’s Atlantic – Patrick Taylor
• Reconsidering Fanon’s
language of recognition
in Indigenous studies – Sophie McCall
• On Fanon and Lacan:
 Continuities and structural psychiatry – Gamal Abdel-Shehid
• Aimé Césaire’s
 Two ways to lose yourself:
 The Exception and the rule – Jeremy M Glick
• Universality:
 Notes towards rethinking
the history of philosophy – Esteve Morera
• Husserl and Tran Duc Thao:
 Crisis, renewal, and
the ontology of possibility – Tyler Gasteiger
• Can Kwame Gyekye’s
 moderate communitarianism take
the individual seriously? – Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
• Speaking for, speaking through, speaking with – Jeff Noonan
• ‘Innocuous Nihilism’, social reproduction
and the terms of partisanship – Susan Dianne Brophy
• Universalism and immanent critique in
’The End of Progress and Left Universalism’ – Christpher Balcom
• About the contributors

ISBN Print: 978-1-990263-05-7
Publication Date: June 2021
Page Count: 200
Binding Type: Soft Cover
Trim Size: 6in x 9in
Language: English
Colour: B&W