We will look at the section ‘Reasons to take Fanon’s Humanism seriously’ of Richard Pithouse’s article ‘That the tool never possess the man’, pp. 2-11.
Thinking about the article and the material from the lecture on humanism, here are some questions to ponder:
- What is humanism?
- Is Fanon’s endorsement of violence in conflict with his supposed humanism?
- Does Fanon think that colonialism shows that humanism is a problematic position?
- What point is Fanon making with his description of the Algerian doctor?
- Hardt and Negri identify two opposing humanisms in modernity – what are they?
- And what is the contrast they draw between the Multitude and the People?
- What’s wrong with the second sort of humanism according to them?
- On page 9, they identify three conditions that characterise humanity on the first understanding of humanism – what are they?
- How do these understandings of humanism map onto Fanon’s view?
- Does Fanon’s Humanism escape scepticism about human nature? And does it escape worries to do with the co-existence of brutality with humanism?