To what and to whom do we consider ourselves responsible? To our neighbor down the street? To a shared planet? How do we draw the lines of our obligations and binds — by kin, race, nation? What happens in those moments when we are called to respond differently, to others across the boundaries we had drawn and in ways more imaginative than our habitual modes?
The above questions of roots and routes, bonds and breaks, guide three ongoing lines of interdisciplinary research. The first, a book project entitled The Limits of Ethics, offers a vocabulary for ethics in the present. Drawing on Édouard Glissant’s concepts of ‘contacts among cultures’, ‘relation’, and ‘rooted errancy’, I call for a new vocabulary of responsibility in terms of participation, solidarity, and feasibility. My second project, a series of articles, applies angles of decolonial and Caribbean philosophy to questions of human rights praxis. My third project, comprising articles and book chapters, reads Simone Weil as a philosopher equal to our moment. In all of my research, in the spirit of Stuart Hall, I aim to make an ‘intervention’, meaning to engage and thereby shift the terms of a debate — and by doing so, to open possibilities for acting differently.
Vincent Lloyd knows my book project as well as how I pose questions. Helen Kinsella is the best reference for my work on human rights. Kinsella, Sophie Bourgault, and Rebecca Rozelle-Stone can speak to how I think with Weil. Mark Kingwell understands, and indeed has shaped, how I approach philosophy as a practice that connects ethics, aesthetics, and politics — philosophy as a mode of engagement with values and publics.