Responding to the decolonial turn: Epistemic Vulnerability

Gerrie Snyman


The question this essay asks is how does one respond in a credible way to the decolonial turn when that turn radically interrogates (to the point of shaming) ones being by questioning the morality of the cultural and social structures of whiteness and the zone of being in which one finds oneself. The essay proposes a hermeneutic of vulnerability as an answer, a mindfulness for the vulnerability of those who still bear the brunt of the aftermath of colonization and a mindfulness for the vulnerability of the self as perpetrating agent. The essay proceeds as follows: (a) an introduction to the notion of the decolonial turn; (b) a decolonial critique of of racialised discourse in a decolonial reality; and (c) a discussion of a hermeneutics of vulnerability with which exploitation of the other creates a vulnerability in the perpetrating self in order to discontinue the effects of coloniality.


decoloniality, coloniality, vulnerability, colonization, ethics of biblical interpretation

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