This book explores the concept of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Boaventura de Sousa Santos shows why global social justice is not possible without global cognitive justice. Santos argues that Western domination has profoundly marginalised knowledge and wisdom that had been in existence in the global South. She contends that today it is imperative to recover and valorize the epistemological diversity of the world. Epistemologies of the South outlines a new kind of bottom-up cosmopolitanism, in which conviviality, solidarity and life triumph against the logic of market-ridden greed and individualism.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Among his many books are The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond (2006) and Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality (2005).
Preface Manifesto for Good Living/Buen Vivir Minifesto for Intellectual-Activists Introduction Creating a Distance in Relation to Western-centric Political Imagination and Critical Theory Part One Centrifugal Modernities and Subaltern Wests: Degrees of Separation Chapter 1 Nuestra America: Postcolonial Identities and Mestizajes Chapter 2 Another Angelus Novus: Beyond the Modern Game of Roots and Options Chapter 3 Is There a Non-Occidentalist West? Part Two Toward Epistemologies of the South: Against the Waste of Experience Chapter 4 Beyond Abyssal Thinking: From Global Lines to Ecologies of Knowledges Chapter 5 Toward an Epistemology of Blindness: Why the New Forms of "Ceremonial Adequacy" neither Regulate nor Emancipate Chapter 6 A Critique of Lazy Reason: Against the Waste of Experience and Toward the Sociology of Absences and the Sociology of Emergences Chapter 7 Ecologies of Knowledges Chapter 8 Intercultural Translation: Differing and Sharing con Passionalita Conclusion