Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 44

Full Length Research Paper

A map of the World: Cognitive injustice and the Other

Delon Alain Omrow
  • Delon Alain Omrow
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Advancement, Centennial College, Canada.
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  •  Received: 06 August 2020
  •  Accepted: 06 November 2020
  •  Published: 30 November 2020

Abstract

This paper employs critical geography to advance a fresh philosophical orientation of cognitive injustice and Otherness. Operating under the assumption that modern cartography is entangled with power, knowledge and politics, this study examines how maps construct and sustain the identity of the social, cultural and political Other. Synthesizing Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ work on abyssal thinking and ideologies of the Other, a conceptual framework for demonstrating how maps are inscribed with power was presented, theorizing the racialization and naturalization of geographies and identities. The result, inevitably, is a world separated by abyssal lines that threaten global human connectivity.

 

Key words: Otherness, Abyssal Othering, ideology, mercator projection, identity, critical geography.