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The Public Sphere From Outside the West
edited by Divya Dwivedi and Sanil V. (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)
Dwivedi and Sanil (ed) Public Sphere


                   

“A stunning collection, altogether timely, embracing
literature, philosophy, the social sciences, Asia, Europe, and Africa,
digital globality from thoroughly pluralized perspectives.” – 
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, USA,


                   

      
               
                   
“This compelling and rich volume boldly moves past a
long tradition of scholarship on the public sphere that has too simply
focused on commitments, philosophical and political, to its ideals and
norms in the West and their deviations. Strikingly shifting the frame,
this volume offers critical and wide-ranging pieces that explore the
work that ideas and practices of publicity do in the world at large.
This worldliness, at once particular and universal in its strivings,
reframes the philosophical history of the concept itself while
critically interrogating its various cultural-political lives.  Spanning
the internet and the digital world, cinema in India, politics in South
Africa, European and non-European philosophical, literary and political
writings, and visual art in India and South Africa, the volume covers
key areas of philosophy, technology, visual culture, literature and
politics in and through which the public sphere is crucial and
compelling site for understanding our global present.” – 
Ritty
Lukose, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality
Studies, and South Asian Studies, New York University, USA


The essays bring to attention the formation of geo-politically and
historically distinct public spheres from South Africa, India, America
and Europe. Such formations are found not only in the postcolonial
histories of print, photography, cinema and caricature but also those
underway in the digital era, such as the Arab Spring, Occupy movements
and Anonymous. Through critical engagement with philosophers such as
Kant, Heidegger, Benjamin, Habermas and Arendt , the determining
concepts of the Public Sphere-privacy, secrecy, reason, the people-are
shown to be undergoing epistemological and practical ruptures.
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Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics

Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)


This is the first in-depth philosophical study of Gandhi. Placing his writings and practices within a unique system of their own, it examines the modern political and scientific elements in Gandhi s thought and discusses his impact on 20th-century philosophy.

Marking a major break with many of the current readings of Gandhi s thought, this book removes him from the postcolonial and Hindu nationalist axis. Using Kant to explain the cohesion and interconnectedness of Gandhi s ideas, the authors discuss his thought in respect to both Western and Indian philosophical traditions. This unifying approach enables the authors to compare and contrast Gandhian concepts with those of the European tradition, such as the concepts of will, truth, metaphysics, anarchy, and value. By analysing the relation between truth and will in Gandhi and his Western precedents and antecedents, it adds a new unexplored dimension to contemporary debates on truth and fidelity, and the debates on truth and secrecy. It also provides a closer examination of the ancient Indian concept of Kama, what it meant to Gandhi and why it needs to be viewed independently of desire and pleasure.

From truth, non-violence and authority to resistance, anarchy and kama, this original study illuminates the relevance of Gandhi's ideas still active today in movements like Occupy Wall Street and the thought of the Other.




Narrative Theory and Ideology: Reading New Literatures
edited by Divya Dwivedi, Henrik Nielsen and Richard Walsh (Ohio State University Press and Orient Blackswan, forthcoming)

The proposed volume seeks to bring the methods and theories of narratology to bear on ideological dimensions of literature while simultaneously elaborating them and demonstrating their usefulness. Specifically it stages an encounter between narrative theory and postcolonialist questions, texts and theories, with a special view to the Indian subcontinent