By William V. Spanos
A examine of imperialism that stretches from historical Rome to the post-Cold warfare international, this provocative paintings boldly revises our assumptions concerning the family tree of the West. instead of finding its resource in classical Greece, William V. Spanos argues, we must always glance to historical Rome, which first articulated the guidelines that will develop into basic to the West's imperial venture. those founding principles, he claims, have trained the yankee nationwide identification and its overseas coverage from its origins.
The Vietnam warfare is on the heart of this publication. within the contradiction among the "free global" good judgment hired to justify U.S. intervention in Vietnam and the genocidal practices used to gain that common sense, Spanos unearths the fruits of an imperialistic discourse achieving again to the colonizing cause of the Roman Empire. Spanos identifies the language of growth within the "white" metaphors in Western philosophical discourse because the colonization of Greek notion through the Romans. He exhibits how those metaphors, and their function in metaphysical discourse, have lengthy been complicit within the violence of imperialism.
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This is the anxiety, we recall, in which the "receding of beings as a whole" is accompanied by their paradoxical — and resonantly productive — return in the spectral form of a "world" in which "we can The Ontological Origins of Occidental Imperialism 17 get no hold on things" (Es bleibt kein Halt), of a world where "there is nothing to hold on to" (darin es sich an nichts halten kann). Where, we might say provisionally, the see-er becomes the seen and the seen the see-er; where the sayer becomes the said, and the said, the sayer.
These are what I have been referring to as relocation or objectification (as in the objectification of [the] nothing); spatialization (as in the spatialization of time, the transformation of temporality into a totalized and enclosed visual figure); and, more indirectly, cultivation (as in the cultivation of the fruitful potential of a natural wilderness or the phallic domestication of the errant female). In what follows I will focus primarily on the first two systems, because they inhere immediately in the etymology and practice of metaphysics.
To highlight the complicity of the Western mind's hand with the literal hand (or its prosthetic extensions), this separation enables the management (from the Latin manus: "hand") and exploitation of the differential being it encounters. " It is also Heidegger's enabling thematization of this imperial Eurocentric violence against the alterity of being that explains his retrieval for thought of the nothing (the radically Other of Being) and of the dislocating or decentering anxiety of being-in-theworld.