Abstract

abstract:

In "Race, Multiculturalism, and Democracy," Robert Gooding-Williams offers an insight. He writes: "Our sense of ourselves and of the possibilities existing for us is, to a significant degree, a function of the descriptions we have available to us to conceptualize our intended actions and prospective lives. … 'Hence if new modes of description come into being, new possibilities of action come into being in consequence.'" In this article, I discuss the philosopher's role in the articulation of new descriptions and thus new possibilities. I argue that potential modes of bold and assertive comportment are conjured when new insurrectionist descriptions are articulated within oppressed populations. To bring this to a higher resolution, I discuss the pervasiveness of dialectical conflict, the need to creatively reorient the descriptions of oppressed groups toward liberation, and the need for more than one prescriptive mode of social amelioration.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9383
Print ISSN
0891-625X
Pages
pp. 168-178
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-13
Open Access
No
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