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Toward a Philosophical Unison: Mary Parker Follett’s Relational Ontology

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Linda Martín Alcoff argues that the “demographic challenge” faced by the discipline of philosophy is the result of “what we [philosophers] do” and of what philosophers determine constitutes philosophy. In this paper, I argue that American philosopher Mary Parker Follett’s commitment to a relational ontology and non-coercive “power-with” is valuable for thinking critically about the discipline’s demographic challenge and theorizing new philosophical practices that would allow marginalized positions to partake in legitimate philosophical dialogue and meaning production—to achieve what I will call a unison. More precisely, Follett’s analysis of “power-over” allows us to see that the “adversary paradigm” (Janice Moulton) is mistaken because it is intrinsically hegemonic; the mainstream exercises an illegitimate form of “domination” that excludes and oppresses the margins by depriving them of their power of judgment and criticism of the mainstream.

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Martina Ferrari    
University of Oregon
United States

 

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