1st Edition

Philosophy Across Borders Perspectives from Contemporary Theory

Edited By Emma Ingala, Gavin Rae Copyright 2025
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book brings into conversation geographically diverse theorists to question the meaning, purpose, and place of conceptual borders in philosophy. It shows how contemporary theory is constituted by a dynamic practice in which the boundaries created to define it are simultaneously overcome in their establishment.

    Philosophy has often taken itself to be distinguished from and superior to alternative ways of thinking. To do so, philosophical thinking has found itself rigidly affirming the need to think within borders to obtain conceptual clarity and certainty and/or secure its own independent existence. The chapters in this volume call into question the need to retreat behind demarcated boundaries that mark the domain of philosophy proper, to instead offer a performative account of how philosophy can creatively work across (geographical, cultural, linguistic) borders, without foreclosing that analysis conceptually. In so doing, the contributors tackle issues including the historical establishment of philosophical borders, the metaphysics of philosophical borders, the relationship between Western and non-Western thinking, the ethics of transgressing borders, and the political implications of Western rationality on and for non-Western societies.

    Philosophy Across Borders will therefore be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy, aesthetics, critical theory, comparative philosophy, cultural studies, feminist theory, history of ideas, political theory, and postcolonial studies.

    Introduction: Philosophy Across Borders Emma Ingala and Gavin Rae

    Part I: Critique

    1. Beyond Hope: The Borders Between Theoretical and Practical Philosophy Morganna Lambeth

    2. The Metaphysics Beneath a Limit: Criticism from Contemporary Liminal Theory Gonzalo Núñez Erices

    3. Philosophy without Borders, or the Permanence of Questioning Tamara Caraus

    Part II: Crossing Cultures

    4. Thinking “Orientally”: Nietzsche and Indian Philosophy Emma Syea

    5. Adorno and the Work of the Spirit: Modernism in Aesthetic Terms William D. Melaney

    Part III: Ethics

    6. Against the Intolerable: On Limits, Boundaries, and Transgression Guilel Treiber

    7. Foucault, Feminism, and the Limits of Experience Liesbeth Schoonheim

    8. Where are we when we think from within the Body? Adriana Zaharijević

    Part IV: Politics

    9. No Accounting for Taste: Aesthesis on the Borders of Philosophy Cillian Ó Fathaigh

    10. Crossing Lines between Deleuze and Négritude: A Vitalist Ontology of Post-colonial War Machines Sara Raimondi and Hannah Richter


    Emma Ingala is Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Her recent publications include co-editing the volumes Transformation in Contemporary French Theory (forthcoming) and Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism: Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics (Routledge, 2021).

    Gavin Rae is Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His most recent books include Questioning Sexuality: From Psychoanalysis to Gender Theory and Beyond (2024) and Poststructuralist Agency (2020).