By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth

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, when modernism is possessed of a few virtues and benignities, they're bought at a long way too excessive a cost-indeed, a price that neither the species nor the planet can, on any scale, locate cheap. extra urgently, the writer holds that modernism imperils the life of all species and the mummy of all hospitalities, viz., the planet itself. Given the imminence and the gravity of this possibility, as portrayed within the paintings, he additional means that no different posture is in any respect, within the maximum experience, ecologically dependable. We needs to, acknowledged 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 publication is going a ways past the standard style of critique by way of really providing salves and antidotes to the iconic malaise of our instances. 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 way of the ecu enlightenment. specifically, 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 publication entreats us to think again our actual placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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However, the issue is not merely the political objective of a social science; germane also is the distinct mode of acquisition of this knowledge, however debased the original motivation. Cold blooded (as apart from cool headed) analysis, and rational, reductionist atomization of phenomena, human and nonhuman, were the gifts of both the Baconian and the Cartesian models of science (the probing reader can discover for herself how many of the discoveries of modern, Western, medicine. for examble, owe their origin to systematized violence, cruelty, and abuse against the helpless and the vulnerable.

The lie all this gives to the ever gaily caparisoned, self-congratulatory, progressivist histories of capitalism is singularly telling: even as late as 1981, responsible Swiss males were still deliberating the merits of granting women the right to vote; and yet this did not prevent Swiss democracy from being held up as the very acme, indeed the text book case, of Western republicanism and democracy (indeed the struggles of workers, women, and minorities merely to get effective suffrage—which is far from sufficient to have a say in governance—is even now, at the threshold of a new millenium, an ongoing trial; and the great surge of corporatist neoliberalist hegemony The Modernist Problematic 17 today can only spell more travails for that ilk).

Which brings us back in a circle to the original problem, viz. 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.

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