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Farewell to Modernism

On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century

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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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The Cosmos

There is risk in using conventional definitions drawn from our received Modernist Legacy. Its division of labor between the branches of knowledge is not merely arbitrary, but capricious as well. So, anyone trying to say new things has to invent categories, alongside, so as not to be misconstrued. I see no particularly useful boundaries between the social and the human sciences, though one could, perhaps, heuristically, separate natural from social phenomena, for some purposes. Essentially, it would appear then that there are only Two philosophies—the ‘science’ appellation above is likely gratuitous—one natural, and one social.

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