Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis
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This essay discusses the colonial dimensions Sylvia Wynter’s writings paying specific attention to how her research provides an account of racial difference that can be read alongside, and in tension with, Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things. The essay indicates how Wynter recuperates what remains illegible in Foucault’s critique of Man. More specifically, the essay traces how Wynter deploys coloniality to rewrite the Classical Order (where Foucault locates the “table of identities and differences”), how she rewrites Foucault’s description of modern episteme, and how her conceptualization of the human displaces Kantian and Hegelian transcendentality.