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By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth

This paintings renders an uncompromising verdict at the scourge of our millennium: i.e. modernism, itself the artefact of yes overdue Eurocentric propensities. It argues that, while modernism is possessed of a few virtues and benignities, they're bought at a long way 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 lifestyles of all species and the mum of all hospitalities, viz., the planet itself. Given the imminence and the gravity of this hazard, as portrayed within the paintings, he extra means that no different posture is in any respect, within the maximum experience, ecologically liable. We needs to, acknowledged easily, he claims, holiday with the manifold paradigms of the eu Enlightenment or locate ourselves, quickly adequate, as mutant beings occupying an alien habitat. This publication is going some distance past the standard style of critique via really supplying salves and antidotes to the iconic malaise of our instances. 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'', et.al. drawn by means of the ecu enlightenment. specifically, the booklet 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. ultimately, the publication entreats us to reassess our genuine placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.

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However, this did beg the question of whether capitalism was “rational” outside of its own internal logos; and it took a Marx to point out, in ringing declamations, the numerous societal irrationalities (and so-termed “contradictions”) that, in his view, fatally beset that otherwise rationalist mode. Furthermore, and this was never fully understood by Weber, rationality, in its own philosophical terms, could vouchsafe no substantive statements about the ends of social behavior without requiring an important auxiliary aid: a predominant philosophy of greed.

In succumbing to this nouvelle outlook, Europe placed itself radically distant from its own history, as much as from the histories of those The Modernist Problematic 31 it was to brutally trample without the slightest trace of remorse or compunction. Metaphysics, rather than physics, the nurturing mother of all modernist evolution; in keeping, the European revolution was a profoundly ideological one. (10) Values, at best, valorize—and, at the very least, delineate models of ideal behavior. Changes in human values are possibly the slowest of all social processes since so much of value systems is patient consensus building across time and space.

Latter day neoclassical economic deductivist theorizing, and fundamentally chauvinist accounts of European supremacy generally, place their money on the development of “efficient” property rights as the sine qua non of European advance but this factitious argument fails, as alluded to earlier, for the simple reason that such “rights” developed well after and not before the capitalist revolution, as far as one can deduce, as consequence and not 26 Against Eurocentrism cause of the processes involved.

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