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Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics

Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi 

Foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy

(London: Bloomsbury Academic, Dec 2019)

“This is how this book comes to our attention and contributes to orient us, if I may say so, toward a thought, and even a world, neither humanist nor reduced to suffering in the name of Truth. In the terms of this work: neither metaphysics nor hypophysics.” –  Jean-Luc Nancy

“Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi's Gandhi and Philosophy is a profound and at crucial points critical re-examination of Gandhi's thought. But their book does much more than give us a radically new Gandhi. It is a sophisticated reflection on modernity in its own right. Drawing on a wide range of philosophical resources, Gandhi and Philosophy succeeds in expanding our horizons and in opening up new lines of thought.” –  Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Penn State University, USA

“A figure of spiritual resistance to modernity, today Gandhi draws the limits of geopolitics as we can test them in the planetary regression characteristic of the beginning of this century. Mohan and Dwivedi reveal the main lines of his thought circumscribing the limits of the East-West division as well as the ambiguities of a politics of resistance whose project would have been, ultimately, to create a Hindu nation invested with a global eschatological mission – the old schema. By reaffirming the need of critique for what they call ana-stasis, they give us to reconsider the history of nihilism in the eschatological contemporaneity and shows its ultimate limits.” –  Bernard Stiegler, Centre Georges-Pompidou, France

“Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics is something that has been crying out to be done, but that no-one before Shaj Mohan and Divya Dwivedi seem to have thought seriously of doing. It adds a new approach and addition to the study of Gandhian thought. It is a most valuable and original contribution.” –  Sushil Mittal, Professor of Hindu Studies and Gandhi Studies, James Madison University. USA

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

This 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
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.” – 
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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