- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231130198
- ISBN-13: 978-0231130196
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation
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The book offers a coherent argument against inherited theories of "organismic vitalism"...and evinces the literary idiom of postmodernism. (Choice)
Cheah's text is one of those rare occasions where scholarship and political commitment become supplementary to each other. (Baidik Bhattcharya Interventions)
Cheah does a superb job in outlining the organic and ultimately cultural forms the struggle for freedom has taken. (Gregory Jusdanis Research in African Literatures)
Pheng Cheah traces a constellation of concepts...with confidence (Matthew Scherer MLN)
This far-ranging and ambitious attempt to rethink postcolonial theory's discussion of the nation and nationalism brings the problems of the postcolonial condition to bear on the philosophy of freedom. Going against orthodoxy, Pheng Cheah retraces the universal-rationalist foundations and progressive origins of political organicism in the work of Kant and its development in philosophers in the German tradition such as Fichte, Hegel, and Marx.
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H. Lee Cheek, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science
Athens State University