By Fred Dallmayr
Globalization is usually noticeable as a technique of common standardization below the auspices of marketplace economics, expertise, and hegemonic energy. Resisting this procedure with out endorsing parochial self-enclosure, Fred Dallmayr explores substitute visions which are rooted in detailed vernacular traditions and facilitate cross-cultural studying in an open-ended worldwide enviornment. Dallmayr charts a "grassroots" method of the worldwide village, an strategy that depends upon moral and non secular traditions and renowned ideals as launching pads for cross-cultural studying, discussion, and self-transformation. actually interdisciplinary in nature, substitute Visions combines normal philosophy, the philosophy of faith, and political, cultural, and post-colonial thought. it's an incredible booklet for college students and students in all of those components of research.
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Most importantly, where modernization equals democratization, that is, the replacement of feudal autocracies by democratic regimes wedded to freedom and equal rights, the change might garner near universal assent. Yet, at a closer look, things are more complex. Modernity is a "package deal," including individual rights along with huge state bureaucracies and giant corporations, backed up by the immense military and technological arsenal of a quasi-imperial, hegemonic power. 1 In light of the radical asymmetry of status and influence between North and South, "developed" and "undeveloped" countries, development sometimes operates as a massive steamroller granting rights to some while crushing the rights of others (for instance, indigenous peoples).
Page i Alternative Visions Page ii Philosophy and the Global Context General Editor: Michael Krausz, Bryn Mawr College This new series addresses a range of emerging global concerns. It situates philosophical efforts in their global and cultural contexts, and it offers works from thinkers whose cultures are challenged by globalizing movements. Comparative and intercultural studies address such social and political issues as the environment, poverty, consumerism, civil society, tolerance, colonialism, global ethics, and community in cyberspace.
But now] intellectuals have to get used to working, not in the modality of the "universal," the "exemplary," the "just-and-true-for-all," but within specific sectors, at the precise points where their own conditions of life or work situate them. 4 In a particularly instructive fashion, some of Jacques Derrida's writings have challenged the continuous demand to be "for or against the Enlightenment" by articulating democratic politics that avoid the pitfalls of both universalism and regressive localism.
Alternative Visions by Fred Dallmayr