La Jornada: Looking South

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purpose of the Western civilizing zeal towards a millenary culture such as Afghanistan, the researcher Paula Guerra Cáceres denounces European arrogance when she postulates that absolute knowledge necessarily arises in the West and must be assumed as universal truth by other cultures, whether one speaks of art, medicine, economics, politics or philosophy. From this narrow perspective, root sources of universal wisdom are excluded, such as oriental cultures or the original peoples of Africa and our America.

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In the book The Myth of the Opposition between Indian Thought and Western Philosophy, the philologist Fernando Tola and the philosopher Carmen Dragonetti showed that philosophy was not born in Greece, as Hegel claimed in the 19th century. However, what remains is the opinion of the German philosopher, for whom philosophy could only be born in Greece, erasing the 30 uninterrupted centuries of Indian thought.

In a more contemporary example of this arrogance, in a debate between Latin American intellectuals and Slavoj Zizek on Eurocentrism and the colonial wound, the Slovenian philosopher – a kind of new Marx for a good part of the European left – maintains in the book Ethical rebellions, common words that “this return to an original or similar indigenous wisdom, for me is total rubbish (…) I still believe in the universal value of the basic Eurocentric idea of ​​modernity”.

In 2018, he argued in The Courage of Despair that Haiti was colonized by the French, but it was the French Revolution that provided the ideological substrate for the rebellion that freed the slaves and founded independent Haiti.

Zizek is unaware of the work Freedom or Death !, in which Fernando Martínez Peria carries out a detailed investigation of the Haitian revolutionary process and the characteristics that led it to become the first black republic in the world, free from slavery, colonialism and racism (https : //n9.cl/vri8t).

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