Beyond Orientalism: Essays on Cross-Cultural Encounter

Beyond Orientalism: Essays on Cross-Cultural Encounter

by Fred Dallmayr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791430707

ISBN-13: 9780791430705

Pub. Date: 12/12/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores some steps toward non-assimilative encounters in the "global village."

Beyond Orientalism explores the confluence of contemporary Western (especially Continental) philosophy, with its focus on otherness and difference, and the ongoing process of globalization or the emergence of the “global village.” The basic question raised in the book

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Explores some steps toward non-assimilative encounters in the "global village."

Beyond Orientalism explores the confluence of contemporary Western (especially Continental) philosophy, with its focus on otherness and difference, and the ongoing process of globalization or the emergence of the “global village.” The basic question raised in the book is: What will be the prevailing life-form or discourse of the global village? Will it be the discourse of Western science, industry, and metaphysics which, under the banner of modernization and development, seeks to homogenize the world in its image? In Said’s work, this strategy was labeled “Orientalism.” Or will it be possible to move “beyond Orientalism” in the direction neither of global uniformity nor radical fragmentation?

After discussing the broad range of possible “modes of cross-cultural encounter” in a historical perspective, the book develops as a preferred option the notion of a deconstructive dialogue or a “hermeneutics of difference” which respects otherness beyond assimilation. This hermeneutics is illustrated in chapters examining several bridge-builders between cultures, primarily the Indian philosophers Radhakrishnan and J. L. Mehta and the Indologist Halbfass. The remaining chapters are devoted to more concrete social-political problems, including issues of modernization, multiculturalism, and the prospects of a globalized democracy which bids farewell to Orientalism and Eurocentrism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791430705
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/12/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

I . MODES OF CROSS-CULTURAL ENCOUNTER
Reflections on 1492

II. GADAMER, DERRIDA, AND THE HERMENEUTICS OF DIFFERENCE

III. RADHAKRISHNAN ON BEING AND EXISTENCE

IV. HEIDEGGER, BHAKTI, AND VEDANTA
A Tribute to J. L. Mehta

V. EXIT FROM ORIENTALISM
Comments on Halbfass

VI. WESTERN THOUGHT AND INDIAN THOUGHT
Some Comparative Steps

VII. MODERNIZATION AND POSTMODERNIZATION
Whither India?

VIII. SUNYATA EAST AND WEST
Emptiness and Global Democracy

IX. DEMOCRACY AND MULTICULTURALISM

Notes
Index

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