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Radical Histories and Question of Enlightenment Rationalism-Some Recent Critiques of Subaltern Studies

Radical Histories and Question of Enlightenment Rationalism Some Recent Critiques of Subaltern Studies Dipesh Chakrabarty Maintaining a critical position with respect to the legacies of the European Enlightenment does not entail a wholesale rejection of the tradition of rational argumentation. The author seeks to demonstrate, in the first part of this note, how a certain form of hyper-rationalism characteristic of colonial modernity has impaired Indian marxists' capacity to engage with 'religion' (something without which India cannot he imagined). The second part of the note argues how colonial histories are particularly helpful in making visible what is sometimes called 'the unreasonable origins of reason'. And the final section endeavours to show without attempting a general defence of post-structuralism why post-structuralist and deconstructionist philosophies are useful in developing approaches suited to studying subaltern histories under conditions of colonial modernities.

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