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Utopianism: Utopianism is the belief in an ideal, perfect society often characterized by equality, harmony, and peace. It envisions a world where all social, political, and economic problems are resolved, aiming for perfection. See also Utopias, Society.
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Achille Mbembe on Utopianism - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 915
Utopia/Mbembe/Herb: Although Mbembe also recognizes Africa's "possibilities" in the "misfortune" of the present (Mbembe 2016(1), 304), he does not see the "possibilities" of Africa in the present. But seen as a whole, the "African search for self-determination" must fail. Despite all ambivalence, resignation dominates the conclusion of the study. "Africa should therefore really only be spoken of as a chimera, which we work through in complete blindness; as a nightmare [...]".
Herb: The political disenchantment leads to a sceptical perception of Mbembe's own project. Mbembe concludes with the words that "Africa as such does not exist" (304) and discursively cannot be developed in the end. In the end, the familiar proves to be the unknown. >Subjectivity/Mbembe
, >Nihilism/Mbembe.

1. Achille Mbembe, De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine, Paris 2000. Dt.: Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie. Zur politischen Vorstellungskraft im Afrika der Gegenwart, Wien/Berlin 2016

Karlfriedrich Herb, „Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie (2000)“. in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Mbembe, Achille
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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