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Ocean, travel, and equivocation: A response to Anne Salmond's "Tears of Rangi"

Atsuro Morita

Abstract


Salmond's paper speaks to two significant but rather underexplored aspects of the turn to ontology: travel and equivocation. In current debates, the ontological turn is often taken as a (re)turn to the radical alterity of non-Western modes of conceptualizing and composing worlds. The radical alterity of non-Western ontologies can be fruitfully understood in light of histories of travel that have brought about the encounter between Western and non-Western ontologies. Focusing on travel obliges our arguments to begin from the middle-ground where different parties encounter, exchange, and diverge. In these encounters equivocation plays a significant role.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau4.3.018