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From hauntology to a new animism? Nature and culture in Heinz Kimmerle’s intercultural philosophy

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dc.contributor.author Hofmeyr, Murray
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-11T09:18:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-11T09:18:52Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation HOFMEYR, M. 2007. From hauntology to a new animism? Nature and culture in Heinz Kimmerle’s intercultural philosophy. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 3(1):1-38, Dec, [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3906
dc.description.abstract Derrida has proposed a new spectrology in an attempt to deal with the ghost of Marx. Kimmerle shows that Marx has forgotten nature, and enquires about Derrida’s forgetting Marx’s forgetting. With specific reference to African culture he asks whether a new animism should not be explored within the framework of a new spectrology. Derrida uses the concept animism, but not in terms of the being of things in and of themselves, which could positively be thought as animated. Kimmerle proposes a way in which Western philosophy could be opened to African philosophy in order to understand the problem of animated nature more adequately. African philosophy has a concept of the universe of spiritual forces, in which nature and its powers are completely integrated. This paper explores these issues in dialogue with a number of African philosophers, while linking them to certain contestations within environmental philosophy and ethics, especially Murray Bookchin’s critique of spirit-talk in Deep Ecology. Kimmerle’s work on the relationship between Africa and Hegel sets the scene for an elaboration of his re-evaluation of animism which is compared to the groundbreaking hypothesis of Bird-David. A relational epistemology is understood in ethical terms, and it is implied that such an epistemology would be more adequate for a new humanism that would be new in going beyond the western tradition, and in the process gain a more inclusive concept of “person” and “community”. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Animism en
dc.subject Spectrology en
dc.subject Hauntology en
dc.subject Nature en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Humanism en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject Intercultural Philosophy en
dc.subject Ethnophilosophy en
dc.subject Ecophilosophy and Environmental Ethics en
dc.subject Development Studies en
dc.subject Cultural Studies en
dc.subject Deep Ecology en
dc.subject Social Ecology en
dc.subject Anthropology en
dc.title From hauntology to a new animism? Nature and culture in Heinz Kimmerle’s intercultural philosophy en
dc.type Article en


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