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Farewell to Modernism

On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century


Rajani Kanth

Farewell to Modernism: On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century is an original, pathbreaking, revolutionary, and totalizing critique of received Modernist ideas, including Modernist Utopianism. In that vein, it unseats virtually every dearly held myth of EuroModernist discourse. It offers a new episteme based on our true ontic nature – our anthropic species-being – as an offset and correction to all brands of EuroModernist idylls, be they of Left or Right, that have repeatedly brought the world to the brink of annihilation. In sum, this book argues that neither philosophy nor social science are tenable without a true, realist anthropology of the human species that sets limits to both political idealism and social engineering.
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East and West

Aeons ago, when I commenced my academic avocation, as an Assistant Professor at the then newly opened, and highly innovative, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in India, at the ripe, green, age of 21, I had, sub rosa, but one real intellectual ‘quest’: to discover the ‘essential’ (I use the word advisedly) difference between the classically stereotyped duals of ‘east’ and ‘west’ (for those innocent of such genre of old hat, I commend Kipling’s ringing, heroic, ballad, ‘The Ballad of East and West’ that immortalizes that ‘divide’). Only very recently, about 2007, did I finally put it all together. Yes, it is true: I, now, have found—if to my own satisfaction!—The Unholy Grail. If there were false starts, and mis-steps, along the way I am unaware of them, since I feel I had my eye on the ‘prize’ from the start.

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