By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth

ISBN-10: 1403967377

ISBN-13: 9781403967374

This paintings renders an uncompromising verdict at the scourge of our millennium: i.e. modernism, itself the artefact of yes overdue Eurocentric propensities. It argues that, when modernism is possessed of a few virtues and benignities, they're bought at some distance too excessive a cost-indeed, a value that neither the species nor the planet can, on any scale, locate reasonable. extra urgently, the writer holds that modernism imperils the lifestyles of all species and the mummy of all hospitalities, viz., the planet itself. Given the imminence and the gravity of this probability, as portrayed within the paintings, he additional means that no different posture is in any respect, within the optimum experience, ecologically accountable. We needs to, said easily, he claims, holiday with the manifold paradigms of the eu Enlightenment or locate ourselves, quickly sufficient, as mutant beings occupying an alien habitat. This e-book is going some distance past the standard style of critique via really supplying salves and antidotes to the long-lasting malaise of our occasions. It additionally deals a brand new paradigm for the human sciences finding it firmly within the species being of our hominid natures thereby annulling the spurious differences among ''nature-culture'', drawn by means of the ecu enlightenment. particularly, the publication issues to the ''paradigm of femininity'' because the strength agent of a really genuine, and realizable (and discovered) emancipation from the delusive ''utopias'' of eu, masculinist paternity. eventually, the publication entreats us to think again our actual placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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That is to say, the very relative paucity in critical resources (but only so when judged in a uniquely “modernist” frame) of early European pioneer countries, England specially, meant that greed—much as need—had to look far and beyond for easy acquisition and accumulation: to the east, mainly, for the fabled wealth of the Indies and China. Or, perhaps, one could point to the hostile climactic environment of Europe where long winters necessitated the fairly humble means of preservations of foods not easily available locally that is, spices; again, the direction of need would point to the spice sanctuaries of Asia.

In the case of Weber, paradoxically (given his putatively “idealist” notions) far closer to reality than Marx, the error lay, first, in the acceptance, at face value, of the idea of a Protestant “Reformation” failing thereby to see the wholesale Deformation of the ethics of classical Christianity it really involves; and second in being blind to the incredible “reductionism” to vulgar material gain that the notion of modernist “rationality” really involved. By assimilating a rank materialism to the likes of the newfangled paradigm of “rationality” Weber was making a simple, if common, species of a rather serious philosophical error: to state matters simply, there is nothing remotely “rational” about wanting more.

But facts, when placed in situational context (for only then, in a human society, are they assumptive of that title), are obdurate things— and quite recalcitrant vis à vis the demands of such—flatly apocryphal– interpretive latitudes. Japan is, of course, a useful case in point. Many of the factors described as unique to Europe were available in reasonably approximate form in Japanese feudalism, and some species of the genus that we might very casually term capitalism—though modern, organized industry is all we really mean (the presence of industry cannot be assimilated into the fact of capitalism: Eurocentrism, however, excels in collating the two as synonymous)— did develop indigenously there, but with little of the former’s catastrophic consequences.

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