Against Eurocentrism: A Transcendent Critique of Modernist by Rajani Kannepalli Kanth

By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth

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 life of all species and the mum of all hospitalities, viz., the planet itself. Given the imminence and the gravity of this possibility, as portrayed within the paintings, he extra means that no different posture is in any respect, within the maximum feel, ecologically in charge. We needs to, acknowledged 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 booklet is going some distance past the standard style of critique via truly providing salves and antidotes to the iconic 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. specifically, the ebook issues to the ''paradigm of femininity'' because the capability agent of a truly genuine, and realizable (and learned) emancipation from the delusive ''utopias'' of eu, masculinist paternity. ultimately, the publication entreats us to think again our actual placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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Completing the litany of sexism was the liturgy of racism, the other great, even obsessive, European passion. If the domestic life of the capitalist could not be complete without the oppression of women, the external domain for capital could not be secured without the subjugation The Modernist Problematic 19 of “Other” cultures, and other peoples, of this world. As such, Racism was the other powerful “rationalizing” instrument of world domination, as eternally epitomized in the poetical tropes of vulgar Kiplingese (Kipling was, lest we forget, but a mild racist; there were scores more potently rabid than he) version of the White Man’s Burden.

At any rate, analytically dissecting peoples, cultures, and societies, much like bisecting hapless frogs in high schools (European medicine developed on the basis of torture and mutilation of dependent and helpless peoples and species and remains, even today, supernally more intrusive, uncongenial, and discommoding than traditional therapies), as another “scientific” pastime, was only the prelude and accompaniment to the violent destruction of their cherished autonomies in practice. As such, gratuitous, indiscriminate, and amoral violence was the vital adjunct of the Euro-project of science from its early modernist beginnings; even to speak of the “scientific revolution” as a European, modernist phenomenon is a travesty: all peoples have engaged in the quality and quantity of science necessary for their survival—the Bushmen are still here, secure in their “science,” though in danger now only from modernist predations on their habitat.

A deliberate choice) to be commended!. Weber’s materialism (a conservative materialism in his case) could only despise and disparage this radical dearth, in the “periphery,” of what might loosely, but nonetheless properly, be called moral debasement. 32 Against Eurocentrism And yet, paradoxically, conservative that he was, Weber would end up lamenting, often implicitly, the overdevelopment, within his own beloved Western culture, of that very “Protestant Ethic” that assured, in his own cosmology, the superiority of Europe, even if paradoxically located in the dry desert of disenchantment.

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