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 sure past due Eurocentric propensities. It argues that, while modernism is possessed of a few virtues and benignities, they're bought at a ways 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 danger, 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 ecu 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 by way of truly providing salves and antidotes to the long-lasting malaise of our occasions. It additionally bargains 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 via the eu enlightenment. particularly, the e-book issues to the ''paradigm of femininity'' because the strength agent of a truly actual, and realizable (and discovered) emancipation from the delusive ''utopias'' of ecu, masculinist paternity. ultimately, the ebook entreats us to re-examine our actual placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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The distinctive peculiarity of the west. In this regard, due reflection might yield that it was not the inscrutable orient, but the all-too transparent occident, that has always lain in crying need of historical explanation. In fact, by setting itself up as the standard and modus of evaluation, the west successfully prevented examination of its own peculiarities, parochialisms, and idiosyncrasies, preferring to see the rest of the world—specially the notorious “orient”—as anomalously worthy of its special attentions.

Stated differently, the medley of argument offered here needs to be accepted or rejected in toto by the critic—it may not be chipped away by the narrowly conceived chisels of the academic illiterates who mistake their abysmally sectoral hebetude and ignorance, for specialized knowledge. In social and historical explanation, it is only organically conceived totalities that encapsulate meaning at the deepest levels; anything less misses the proverbial forest for the trees by a farmer’s mile. By atomizing the social, and mechanizing a highly presumptive logos, indeed a telos, to history, modernism achieved the end of fragmenting not only social life but also the very possibility of social self-knowledge.

In this momentous metastasis, turning but a human frailty/necessity into an overriding, encompassing, even overwhelming preoccupation, Europe had broken with the established, and received, patterns of human and social history forever, in a default whose scars now indelibly tarnish the fair face of this hapless social and ecological universe that we now inhabit so very precariously. The episteme of modern “economics,” itself engendered within this critical time, which prescribes, rather than describes, requisite modernist behaviors, was to be run through with this affection, as such acquiring its modern role as the flagship social discipline of the modernist temper, now forever cut loose from its traditional incarceration within the inhibiting straitjacket of ethics.

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