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The Common CausePostcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955$
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Leela Gandhi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226019871

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226020075.001.0001

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Paths of Ahimsaic Historiography

Paths of Ahimsaic Historiography

(p.149) Epilogue Paths of Ahimsaic Historiography
The Common Cause

Leela Gandhi

University of Chicago Press

The epilogue shifts the scene of analysis to matters of disciplinary or academic askesis. It addresses questions of methodology arising from the problem of accurately describing and historicizing a property as diffuse as moral imperfection; otherwise, a cynic art of the un-manifest that consists more in dismantling existing systems than in clarifying modular alternatives. Always conjectural and provisional, as also geared toward the unimaginable, does the ethics of imperfection require an imperfectionist style of narration and of thought? The discussion presents a manifesto for an ahimsaic or non-violent historiography. A two-part analysis generalizes some themes from the material in earlier chapters, and turns summary attention to an additional archive drawn from post-war ordinary language philosophy.

Keywords:   Ahimsaic historiography, academic askesis, non-violence, imperfectionist style, cynic art, Ordinary Language philosophy

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