Towards a Post-Nationalistic Political Theology in Ethiopia
Part I Imaginative Practices
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Having cursorily reviewed the two paradigms and methodological approaches; namely, the functionalist paradigm and the instrumentalist paradigm, in the Introduction, I would like to elaborate my own approach here. As I have already indicated earlier, I opt to call the mode in which I situate my own methodological approach a hermeneutical approach. Such a methodology will draw upon mainly three thinkers: Louis Althusser, Michel Foucault and Paul Ricoeur. The key philosophical question I shall raise will be: how do we become subjects?
I shall start with Althusser who will lay the foundation for our inquiry with his materialist and functionalist account of ideology (Chapter 1). Our particular interest will be on his doctrine of interpellation and ideological apparatuses and their practices in relation to the question of the subject. Secondly, we will see how Foucault’s notion of subjectivity complements and develops Althusser’s account of subjectivation (Chapter 2). Specifically, we will focus on Foucault’s technologies of the self. The discussion on Foucault will be the theoretical bridge between coercive ideology (Althusser) and agency (Ricoeur). Finally, we will turn to Ricoeur whose work can rescue the loss of agency in both Althusser’s and Foucault’s accounts of subject formation (Chapter 3).← 33 | 34 →
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