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The Necessity of the Epistemological Break and Post-Abyssal Thinking: Modern Ukraine through the Concepts of Boaventura de Sousa Santos

The article relies on Santos’s book Epistemologies of the South, in which he shows how modern humanity is not conceivable without modern sub-humanity, and on his consideration of the epistemological breakdown and post-abyssal thinking as means of moving away from this position. Abyssal thinking and societal fascism are defined in the first two sections of the article, where the foundation of the epistemicide is explained as well. The next section, however, illuminates how abyssal lines and fascism are realized in the case of Ukraine, a country that has been subjected to a civil war since 2014 and exempted from scientific, political, media, etc. discussions—waiting for the unravelling of the “natural state”, but simultaneously subject to constant external interventions and military mediation. The article explains how the global North sets itself on the side of societal fascism, how it strengthens and exacerbates it, and points to the necessity of the epistemological break and post-abyssal thinking as a possible radical answer, suggesting a different future for not only Ukraine, but the rest of the world as well.


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Issue No.  269 - Rethinking Revolutions - Marking 100 Years Since the October Revolution
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2017 , volume volume 45 , issue issue 269
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