The End of the Cognitive Empire

The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South

In The End of the Cognitive Empire Boaventura de Sousa Santos further develops his concept of the "epistemologies of the South," in which he outlines a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical framework for challenging the dominance of Eurocentric thought. Les mer
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In The End of the Cognitive Empire Boaventura de Sousa Santos further develops his concept of the "epistemologies of the South," in which he outlines a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical framework for challenging the dominance of Eurocentric thought. As a collection of knowledges born of and anchored in the experiences of marginalized peoples who actively resist capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy, epistemologies of the South represent those forms of knowledge that are generally discredited, erased, and ignored by dominant cultures of the global North. Noting the declining efficacy of established social and political solutions to combat inequality and discrimination, Santos suggests that global justice can only come about through an epistemological shift that guarantees cognitive justice. Such a shift would create new, alternative strategies for political mobilization and activism and give oppressed social groups the means through which to represent the world as their own and in their own terms.

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Preface vii
Introduction: Why the Epistemologies of the South? Artisanal Paths for Artisanal Futures 1
Part I. Postabyssal Epistemologies
1. Pathways toward the Epistemologies of the South 19
2. Preparing the Ground 37
3. Authorship, Writing, and Orality 53
4. What Is Struggle? What Is Experience? 63
5. Bodies, Knowledges, and Corazonar 87
Part II. Postabyssal Methodologies
6. Cognitive Decolonization: An Introduction 107
7. On Nonextractivist Methodologies 143
8. The Deep Experience of the Senses 165
9. Demonumentalizing Written and Archival Knowledge 185
Part III. Postabyssal Pedagogies
10. Gandhi, an Archivist of the Future 209
11. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Participatory Action Research, and Epistemologies of the South 247
12. From University to Pluriversity to Subversity 269
Conclusion: Between Fear and Hope 293
Notes 303
References 337
Index 365

Om forfatteren

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author and editor of dozens of books, which include If God Were a Human Rights Activist and Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide.