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Alternative Visions by Fred Dallmayr

By Fred Dallmayr

Globalization is usually noticeable as a strategy of common standardization lower than the auspices of industry economics, expertise, and hegemonic strength. Resisting this technique with no endorsing parochial self-enclosure, Fred Dallmayr explores replacement visions which are rooted in specified vernacular traditions and facilitate cross-cultural studying in an open-ended international enviornment. Dallmayr charts a "grassroots" method of the worldwide village, an method that is determined by moral and non secular traditions and well known ideals as launching pads for cross-cultural studying, discussion, and self-transformation. actually interdisciplinary in nature, substitute Visions combines common philosophy, the philosophy of faith, and political, cultural, and post-colonial idea. it truly is a huge publication for college kids and students in all of those components of analysis.

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Located in very different cultural settingsrespectively in postindependence India, Malaysia, and Thailandall three have for several decades served as voices of conscience, and often as intellectual gadflies, in their communities, bent on articulating "alternative visions" for the future of their societies and the world. While strenuously resisting the hegemonic designs of colonialism and neocolonialism, they have never been reluctant to critique oppressive or aggressive tendencies present in their own cultural milieu.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "Everywhere and Nowhere," in Signs, trans. Richard C. : Northwestern University Press, 1964), p. 139. ' " 7. Merleau-Ponty, "Everywhere and Nowhere," p. 139. Merleau-Ponty was by no means ready simply to abandon Western philosophy: "Husserl had understood: our philosophical problem is to open up the concept without destroying it. There is something irreplaceable in Western thought. The attempt to conceive and the rigor of the concept remain exemplary, even if they never exhaust what exists" (p.

3. Foucault, "Two Lectures" and "Truth and Power," in Power/Knowledge: Page 16 Selected Interviews and Other Writings (19721977) by Michel Foucault, ed. Colin Gordon (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980), pp. 8182, 126. In "Two Lectures" Foucault also speaks of the "inhibiting effect of global, totalizing theories" (p. 80). In a subsequent interview, "Power and Strategies," he observed that "the role for theory today seems to be just this: not to formulate the global systematic theory which holds everything in place, but to analyze the specificity of mechanisms of power, to locate the connections and extensions, to build little by little a strategic knowledge (savoir)'' (p.

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