What are the still-unknown horizons of world thought?
This book brings together prominent scholars from varying disciplines to speculate on this obscure question and the many crossroads that face intellectuals in our contemporary era and its aftermath. The result is a collection of “manifestos” that contemplate a potential global future for thinking itself, venturing across some of the most marginalized sectors of East and West (with particular emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Islamicate) in order to dissect crucial issues of culture, society, philosophy, literature, art, religion, and politics. The book explores themes such as as universality, translation, modernity, language, history, identity, resistance, ecology, catastrophe, memory, and the body, offering a groundbreaking alignment of texts and ideas with far-reaching implications for our time and beyond.
Introduction: Outsider Imperatives, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh and Lucian Stone / Part I. Theory: Philosophy and Method / 1. Orient, Orientation, and the Western Referent: From Comparative to World Thought, Andrea Mura / 2. Outside Philosophy, Jason Wirth / 3. Global Thought: Lessons from other Philosophers (and Artists), Arshin Adib-Moghaddam / 4. Colossomania: World Thought as the Return to Immensity, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh / Part II. State: Citizenship, Identity, and Political Trauma / 5. If Fanon Knew: On the Haraga Phenomenon – A Critical Political Ficton, Réda Bensmaïa / 6. Dispersing Community: Diaspora and the Ethics of Estrangement, Nanor Kebranian / 7. No State to Come, Mahmut Mutman / 8. Towards Language and Resistance: A Breaking Manifesto, Rosalind Hampton and Michelle Hartman / Part III. Text and Aesthetics: Literature, Poetry, and Art / 9. The 10-Point Nahdah Manifesto, Stephen Sheehi / 10. The Aesthetic Imperative: History Poeticized, Huda Fakhreddine / 11. A Vocabulary of the Impersonal: A Notebook from Shiraz, Setrag Manoukian / 12. Architextualism: A Manifesto in and of the Margins, Lucian Stone / Part IV. Embodiment: Architecture, Objects, and Time / 13. Architecture of Modulation: Resistance as Differential Vision, Eyal Weizman / 14. One Foot in Front of the Other: A Physicality Manifesto, Brian Seitz and Jens Veneman / 15. Seventeen Theses on History, Wael Hallaq / 16. The Time of Critique, Ruth Mas / Bibliography / Notes on the Contributors / Index
A set of elegant manifestos on some of the most pressing issues of our time, each adopting a position unmoored from conventional schools, genealogies and traditions of thought, so as to bring the world itself to light in all its heterogeneous reality.
Lucian Stone is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is co-author of Simone Weil and Theology (2013). In addition he has edited several volumes including: Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging (2014); Dead Man’s Shadow: Collected Poems of Leonardo P. Alishan (2011); The Relevance of the Radical: Simone Weil 100 Years Later (2010); and The Philosophy of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Library of Living Philosophers, Volume XXVIII (2001). He is editor of the journal SCTIW Review.
Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Babson College. He is the author or editor of The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East (2010), Inflictions: The Writing of Violence in the Middle East (2012), The Radical Unspoken: Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought (2013), and Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism (2015).