The Ethics of Care
Edited By Jeanne Adèle Kentel
David Geof frey Smith Globalization and Truth Dwelling in the Now 235
David Geof frey Smith Globalization and Truth Dwelling in the Now1 In ‘globalization’ … we have a myth that exaggerates the degree of our helplessness in the face of contemporary economic forces. (Hirst and Thompson 1996: 6) Introduction While the language of ‘globalization’ has been in common circulation for two decades or so, the phenomenon itself, as a vision of empire within the Euro-American tradition, likely goes back at least to the late Middle Ages, when papal reforms announced a new eschatological dispensation of heaven now being immanent on earth as a political reality (Loy 2000). Later, through the Renaissance and Reformation, individualism, personal autonomy, and self-interest became celebrated as sacred virtues and founda- tional to the new science of economics. By the seventeenth century, wealth accumulation had become a sign of divine favour and moral superiority, poverty a mark of personal weakness and lack of self-discipline (Tawney 1926; Weber 1920). However, insofar as empire always rests on a will to dominate, so also do those dominated engage in strategies of resistance, with interesting and creative consequences. The future shape of geopolitical real- ity is currently being worked out in the tensions between these forces. 1 This chapter first appeared in 2000 as ‘The Specific Challenges of Globalization for Teaching and Vice Versa’ in The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 46/1, 7–26 and in 2006 in D.G. Smith, ed., Trying to Teach in a Season of Great Untruth: Globalization, Empire and the Crises of Pedagogy (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers). 236 David...
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