Tanzil Chowdhury

Tanzil Chowdhury recently completed his PhD. He is currently a teacher at the School of Law, University of Manchester and is also a Development Worker for the soon-to-be Greater Manchester Law Centre.

Hans-Georg Gadamer: Hermeneutics

Key Concept Hermeneutics concerns itself with the philosophy of interpretation, initially oriented toward the interpretation of texts. Indeed, though its origins lay in Greek antiquity, ‘advances in the formulation of methods of interpretation had to await the Reformation and the attack on the Church’s authority to interpret the bible.’ Thus, hermeneutics was a branch of…

Cameron, Slavery, History and the Enlightenment tradition


General Sir James Duff was an army officer and MP for Banffshire in Scotland during the late 1700s. Following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, he was paid £3 million because ‘reasonable Compensation should be made to the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such Slaves for the Loss which they will incur by being…

Corbyn’s Victory: Misplaced Optimism and Amnesia?


Though having never voted for the Labour Party (and I can’t imagine I ever will) Corbyn’s resounding victory is a welcome episode for leftists, progressives, greens as well as women, diaspora communities etc. His positions against Capital hegemony, trident and neo-colonialism, and his support for renationalisation, greater worker’s rights and general people before profit orientation,…