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Colour intensities: logics of race and resistance in Jamaica

Wright, Colin



This article evaluates the gains but also the losses of the set-theoretical ontology Badiou develops in Being and Event, in order to stress the importance of the shift to a concern with appearance and difference in Logics of Worlds. It is argued that this shift suggests a possible rapprochement between Badiou’s philosophy of the event on the one hand and postcolonial critical race theory on the other. This is explored through an evental reading of the so-called ‘Morant Bay Revolt’ that took place in Jamaica in 1865. The article closes by exploring some of the overlaps between Badiou’s development of an ‘objective phenomenology’ in Logics of Worlds, and Frantz Fanon’s elaboration of a phenomenology of race in Black Skin, White Masks.


Wright, C. (2019). Colour intensities: logics of race and resistance in Jamaica. Philosophy Today, 62(4), 18-45

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 19, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 5, 2019
Publication Date Mar 5, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 2, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 8, 2019
Journal Philosophy Today
Print ISSN 0031-8256
Electronic ISSN 2329-8596
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 4
Pages 18-45
Keywords Alain Badiou, Jamaica, Postcolonial theory, Critical race studies, Frantz Fanon
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