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Critiques de la modernité : vers une convergence entre conservateurs néoconfucianistes et postcoloniaux néomarxistes ?

Abstract : A Review of Thomas Brisson, Décentrer l’Occident. Les intellectuels postcoloniaux chinois, indiens et arabes, et la critique de la modernité, Paris, La Découverte, 2018, 288 pages -- Thomas Brisson’s book, Decentering The West. Chinese, Indian and Arab Postcolonial Intellectuals and The Critique of Modernity fits into the current renewal of the study of postcolonial movements. The author draws on the biographical approach to make an important contribution to the sociology of the international circulation of ideas. Hypothesizing the importance of personal trajectories in any intellectual production, the book addresses the theses of the relationship between exile and critical thinking ; and of the Westernization of knowledge as the matrix of criticism of the West. The book establishes parallels between the neo-Confucianist and postcolonial scholars based on their common critique of Western modernity. If categorizing both postcolonial and neo-Confucianists under the common label of “postcolonial thought” may be debatable, the daring endeavour to bring them into conversation opens up particularly stimulating perspectives for comparison.
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Eugénie Mérieau. Critiques de la modernité : vers une convergence entre conservateurs néoconfucianistes et postcoloniaux néomarxistes ?. Raisons politiques, 2020, 2020/4 (80), pp.109 - 119. ⟨10.3917/rai.080.0109⟩. ⟨hal-03386505⟩

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