By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth
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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.