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Caribbean CritiqueAntillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant$
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Nick Nesbitt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318665

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.001.0001

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Introduction: The Caribbean Critical Imperative

Introduction: The Caribbean Critical Imperative

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(p.1) Introduction: The Caribbean Critical Imperative
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Caribbean Critique
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Nick Nesbit

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.003.0001

Defines the concept of Caribbean critique, contextualizing it as peripheral tradition in dissonant relationship to the Western tradition of critical theory from Kant Hegel and Marx to contemporary thinkers such as Benhabib, Badiou, and Hallward. Conceptualizes the general critical orientation of this tradition, from 1791-2004, as a ‘politics of principle.’ Presents and extensively analyses the founding document of this tradition, the letter of June 1792 written by the leaders of the slave revolt in Saint-Domingue Jean François, Biassou, and Toussaint Louverture (signing as his nephew Belair).

Keywords:   Politics of Principle, Marx, Critique, Haitian Revolution

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