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

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 past due Eurocentric propensities. It argues that, while modernism is possessed of a few virtues and benignities, they're bought at some distance too excessive a cost-indeed, a price 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 extra means that no different posture is in any respect, within the maximum feel, ecologically dependable. 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 ebook is going a long way past the standard style of critique by way of 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 via the eu enlightenment. specifically, the publication issues to the ''paradigm of femininity'' because the power agent of a really genuine, and realizable (and learned) emancipation from the delusive ''utopias'' of ecu, masculinist paternity. eventually, the ebook entreats us to reassess our actual placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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Darwin’s ideas on evolution were, as such, not merely resisted for challenging biblical versions of creation, but also for suddenly pulling the rug, inadvertently, from under white delusions of exclusivist ethnic purity (Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud: the amour propre of the European was to creditably survive all of these abrupt and anomalous challenges to the 20 Against Eurocentrism hegemony of the capitalist, European male). The fact that, to this day even responsible modernist scholarship continues to routinely hail the Columbian “discovery” of the Americas, in the stark face of the ancient occupation of those pristine continents by native—but non-European—peoples, is a telling and instructive index of the calm continuity of prototypically racist ideas even amongst the allegedly “liberal” intelligentsia.

What then did the European possess, outside of his seven league boots and his outsize guns that made him such a world ruler, tamer, and lawgiver? To answer this question is to unlock the riddle of the sphinx of modernist history and free an entire epoch of soporific delusions lovingly fostered by disingenuous Eurocentric scholarship fulsomely in love with itself. Of course, the Europeans asked this question of themselves and entertained, indeed regaled, each other (and others, unfortunately) with lavish and temerarious tales of their special, and super-ordinary, endowments.

Marxists assimilate it usually to “wagelabor” (partial or general) although left merely at that, such relations have probably existed through much of the world without occasioning any such earthshaking European outcomes. More refinement in that tradition would add continuous reinvestment of the product of wage labor as more satisfactory, alluding to the “werewolf lust” for accumulation that is putatively characteristic of putatively “advanced” capitalism. Another kind of closure might be achieved, in a different frame, if we speak of the emergence of near-perfect markets in land, labor, and capital as characteristic of the “maturity” of this formation.

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