By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth
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In effect empathy foreclosed the road to a potential mimicry of Euro-capitalism, not idiocy (or lack of means, mechanisms, and modalities). At any rate, given the foregoing, some other ordering of phenomena becomes warranted to close the gap between the Capitalism of the west and the capitalisms of the east. One usual exit is to postulate the environs of an extraverted capitalism plus colonies in the west accounting for the earthshaking metastasis of the so-called “industrial revolution” (which really originated not in Europe, as usually imagined, but in European colonies overseas long prior) whereas in the East it’s a capitalism far more domesticated, introverted, localized, and regional (it is not enough to suggest that Eastern capitalism were mercantile and not “industrial,” because colonies were sought just as eagerly by mercantile Europe in the colonial era as by “industrial” Europe in the “imperial” era; nor does it suffice to suggest that “empires” preclude capitalism, because there is nothing in historical capitalism that precludes coexistence with any form of political absolutism).
In vice as in virtue, modernism lived, then as now, defiantly, but by the sword. However, philosophically speaking, the important issue is not so much the egregious misanthropy of modern science, but also its fundamental error(s) of philosophical method: but only to the extent to which the matter speaks directly to the squalid dehumanization directly stemming from it. That reason could be thought “superior” to empathy is a modernist conceit that is at the very basis of its alienation. Understanding that is not hostile and separatist in intent does not require the services of a carefully bribed and bred tribe of icy analysts; comprehension of the human lot does not require stark The Modernist Problematic 37 detachment, nor the studied pose of unfeeling objectivity: indeed the precise opposite.
In many regards, anthropocentrism has remained a powerful driver of European ideology, reaching its apotheosis in the rationalist telos of LeviStraussian anthropology where culture is triumphantly transposed against nature to the latter’s detriment symbolizing a sort of a “victory” of “man” over “nature” (the highly mechanistic nature-nurture debate in social ideology that endures is profoundly connected to this antiquarian, and androcentric view of creation). Emotions, wrote Levi-Strauss proudly, explain nothing; they that must be explained.
Against Eurocentrism: A Transcendent Critique of Modernist Science, Society, and Morals by Rajani Kannepalli Kanth