Transformative Revolution: Repairing the Fractured Ethical World

Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio

in Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232505
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235643 | DOI:

Series: Just Ideas

Transformative Revolution: Repairing the Fractured Ethical World

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This chapter examines how colonial legacy was parasitically infected with a white consciousness that established itself though a symbolic form of anti-black racism. It discusses the work of Steve Biko to relate the ways in which white consciousness has fashioned a system of apartheid in South Africa and forestalled the creation of a black consciousness. It explores the work of Paget Henry and extends the notion of revolution beyond the acquisition of state power and toward a reconstituted humanity in a triple sense.

Keywords: symbolic forms; white consciousness; apartheid; Steve Biko; Paget Henry; reconstituted humanity; black consciousness; South Africa

Chapter.  11486 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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