Decolonizing Western Political Philosophy

Charles W. Mills*

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The past few decades have seen a wave of decolonization in the Western academy. Across a wide array of disciplines—anthropology, cultural studies, education, geography, history, international relations, law, above all, perhaps, literature—we have witnessed the beginnings (and sometimes much more) of a self-conscious rethinking and reorientation of the subject in the light of its past complicity, direct or indirect, with the colonial project. But the rate of progress has not been uniform. I suggest that in Western political philosophy in particular, the decolonizing enterprise has a long way to go, indeed in some respects has barely begun. In this essay, I do a general critique of the tradition for its Eurocentrism, and then turn to a critique of the work of John Rawls specifically, given his centrality to current Anglo-American political philosophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalNew Political Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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