This book proposes a New Enlightenment – a new way of looking at the non-Western world. Breaking new ground, the essays chart a course beyond Eurocentric discourses (which completely ignore the contributions of Asia, Africa and Latin-America) and forms of nativism (which are usually ethnocentric discourses).
Lucid and engaging, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of social theory, education, politics and public policy.
List of contributors. Preface and acknowledgements. Introduction: on the New Enlightenment. Murzban Jal Part I Reflections on history 1. Beyond unilinear evolutionism: rethinking Marx’s relevance for the non-Western world. Peter Hudis 2. Marx at the margins: exiting Eurocentrism, entering global revolution. Kevin B. Anderson 3. Marxism and Islam. Zaheer Ali Part II Decolonizing education 4. Humanism and science. Murzban Jal 5. Education, utopia and ideology. Bhuvan Chandel 6. Education and national development. D.P. Chattopadhyaya 7. Aryabhata Dalit, his philosophy of ganita, and its contemporary applications. C.K. Raju Part III Inequality and the logic of exclusion 8. Social inclusion and exclusion: the Sinti and Roma minority in the European Union. Horst Friedrich Rolly 9. Democracy in Indian classrooms: equalizing educational opportunities. Jyoti Bawane 10. Reimagining reservation. Anupama Souri Das Part IV: Philosophy, culture and politics 11. KnowEthics: a philosophical play in three acts. Daniel Raveh 12. Democracy and the paranoiac strategy of pseudo-threats: knowledge, law and violence in light of Walter Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’. Dorian Miller 13. Education and the formation of the multitude. Muzaffar Ali Index.