Denise Ferreira da Silva, Unpayable Debt (Perspectives on Ethics)

Perspectives on Ethics, Race|Ethics|Power

Unpayable Debt

In this talk I sketch a  black feminist poethical figure with which I seek to capture how coloniality and raciality operate in Global Capital.  Framed as a dialectical image, it guides a reading of the notion of value that traces the continuous operation of coloniality in the modern  economic and ethical scenes. With a focus on the philosophical infrastructure of the notion of value, Unpaybable Debt exposes global capital as a juridic-economic architecture and attendant  ethical grammar, in which raciality (the symbolic figuring of coloniality) justifies otherwise ethically untenable deployments of total violence that allow for the continued expropriation (of labour) and extraction (of resources) of Europe’s racial others and their lands.

This is an online event. It will be live streamed on the Centre for Ethics YouTube Channel on Monday, October 19. Channel subscribers will receive a notification at the start of the live stream. (For other events in the series, and to subscribe, visit

Denise Ferreira da Silva
University of British Columbia
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Mon, Oct 19, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin