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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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42 Eurocentrism and EuroModernism


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Eurocentrism and EuroModernism

I have defined Euro-Modernism, in another Work (Kanth, 2005), as consisting of some Four signal attributes: a less than critical ‘faith’ in Science, a self-congratulatory notion of ‘Progress’ (measured, for the most part, in material terms), an over-riding philosophy of Materialism, and a willingness to deploy force to ‘modernize’ (or, as even the Liberal saint, J.S. Mill averred, to ‘force people to be free’: the vaunted ‘freedom’ understood in terms of the perspective of the ‘liberator’ rather than the ‘to-be-liberated’—on the broad lines of Robespierre’s ‘Virtue without Terror is ineffective’ idea) peoples.

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