Decoloniality and phenomenology: The geopolitics of knowing and epistemic/ontological colonial differences

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

I attempt a dialogue between phenomenology (Husserl) and decoloniality (Quijano), understanding that both are theoretical frames by means of which transcendental phenomenology and the lifeworld, on the one hand, and modernity/coloniality, on the other, came into being. Phenomenology and transcendental consciousness/lifeworld are mutually constitutive. One cannot exist without the other; and so it is for the mutual constitution of decoloniality and modernity/coloniality. There cannot be modernity/coloniality without decoloniality, and vice versa. The axis around which the dialogue I attempt here turns is the geopolitics of knowledge and colonial difference, structuring and ranking all spheres of life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mignolo, WD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 360 - 387

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-9383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-625X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5325/jspecphil.32.3.0360

Citation Source

  • Scopus