The problem of discrimination and bias against the Global Majority in the field of philosophy must be considered in two important senses. The one is a practical (extrinsic) consideration about the relationship between knowledge production and global relations of power. The other is a philosophical consideration intrinsic to the nature of Western philosophy. These considerations are not separable, they are mutually constitutive, and I would go so far as to insist that they would not exist without one another. The conceptual/philosophical problem – in the broadest sense of a ‘philosophical problem’ – is inseparable from the practical, but it is in this context, deserving of its own manner of presentation. I will begin with the practical problem because it is much easier to explain and illustrate, that is, the problem of the circulation of knowledge and the undue privilege given to work produced by the Euro-American academy due to global power relations and resource distribution. This will then lay the basis for the philosophical problem, not separable but not entirely equivalent, to the practical one.
|Hosea Jaffe, The Contribution of the Europeans to World Civilization 1942-1992: A Lecture on the Columbian Era, 1992