Alternative Visions by Fred Dallmayr

By Fred Dallmayr

Globalization is frequently noticeable as a technique of common standardization lower than the auspices of marketplace economics, expertise, and hegemonic strength. Resisting this strategy with no endorsing parochial self-enclosure, Fred Dallmayr explores replacement visions which are rooted in precise vernacular traditions and facilitate cross-cultural studying in an open-ended international enviornment. Dallmayr charts a "grassroots" method of the worldwide village, an process that is determined by moral and spiritual traditions and renowned ideals as launching pads for cross-cultural studying, discussion, and self-transformation. actually interdisciplinary in nature, replacement Visions combines basic philosophy, the philosophy of faith, and political, cultural, and post-colonial conception. it truly is a huge e-book for college kids and students in all of those parts of research.

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Kothari has established himself as an eloquent and thoughtful defender of democracy in Indiamore precisely of a vernacular or grassroots type of democracy organized partly along Gandhian lines with only limited con- Page 14 cessions to the centralized apparatus of the nation-state. These concessions are even further restricted, if not entirely canceled, by Nandy, who invokes cultural practices as a crucial source of resistance to homogenizing tendencies operative both on the state and global levels.

6. 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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