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Harmony and Exchange

Toward a Legoic Society


Nick Mehrdad Loghmani and Ramin Jahanbegloo

This book examines two main concepts – harmony and exchange – in relation to the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of human life. As such, what differentiates humans from other living species are the possibility of understanding a context and the willingness to collaborate and create complex models of exchange. Specifically, emotion and intellect are established as fundamental dimensions of our being which play key roles in exchange with others and dealing with our environment.

This text provides a new perspective that examines «being and becoming» in a multidimensional exchange framework, concentrating on the analysis of a utilitarian society which reduces human beings to operators and servants of techno-scientific machinery. This approach to validity demands conformity to social and political norms which have lost touch with the intellectual and emotional expressions of the citizens of the world, resulting in an environment of alienation, violence, and subordination of humans to meaningless institutions and positivistic ideologies. The quest for true harmony and collaborative exchange in contemporary societies requires the recognition of multiple sites of subjectivity, self-certainty, and global domination of techno-scientific rationality. This book’s primary application towards a Legoic society is built on a critical pedagogy committed to dialogue and exchange, and is an environment that is accompanied by the process of development of a critical consciousness based on new systems of agency, moving toward a fundamentally non-reductionist praxis of the socio-political dimension of living together.

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It is a pleasant duty to record our debts of gratitude to all those who have supported our research and writing of this book. First and foremost, thanks and respect to Nicolas Tenzer, whose wisdom has had a profound impact on our work. We are also deeply grateful to Mujibur Rehman. Our interactions with peers and friends in the past 3 years have allowed us to reflect upon and refine further some of the earlier arguments of this book. Similarly, we thank all the staff of Peter Lang for their patience, serenity, integrity and professionalism. A special and grateful thanks to our friend, Ahmad Shahmolki for his comments. We would also like to thank a number of people for their assistance in making this book possible. Many of these people have assisted us in the past few years in different manners, among these Andres Ortega, Doug Orr, Dr. Zainalabedin Navabi, Tim Spurway and Dr. Houman Nafisi. On a higher plane, we hope that members of our immediate families accept this book on harmony and exchange as a token of our sincere gratitude for all they have endured in the course of the last few years. We value most the efforts of our wives to whom we dedicate this book.

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