A non-occidentalist west? Learned ignorance and ecology of knowledge
Santos, Boaventura De Sousa. (2009) A non-occidentalist west? Learned ignorance and ecology of knowledge. Theory, Culture & Society, Vol.26 (No.7-8). pp. 103-125. ISSN 0263-2764Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276409348079
In this article I argue that, in spite of the apparently unshakable hegemony of the historical, philosophical and sociological arguments invoked by the canonical history of Europe and the world to demonstrate the uniqueness of the West and its superiority, there is room to think of a non-Occidentalist West. By that I mean a vast array of conceptions, theories, arguments that, though produced in the West by recognized intellectual figures, were discarded, marginalized or ignored because they did not fit the political objectives of capitalism and colonialism at the roots of Western modernity. In the article I tackle specifically three topics: the conceptions of antiquity, modern science and a teleology of the future. Among many others who might be selected, I resort to three eccentric figures - Lucian of Samosata, Nicholas of Cusa and Blaise Pascal - to exemplify some of the paths that might guide us in the construction of a non-capitalist, non-colonialist inter-cultural dialogue. Such paths are here designated as those of learned ignorance, ecology of knowledge, wager on another possible world and artisanship of practices.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Theory, Culture & Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2009|
|Number of Pages:||23|
|Page Range:||pp. 103-125|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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