The Ethics of Care
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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