Overlapping Territories: Asian Voices on Culture and Civiliz (BOK)

Bambang Sugiharto

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The post-Cold War situation has given way to a new and unprecedented constellation of global interrelations. The power constellation today is not only multi-polar, but rather, 'chaotic': its configuration keeps shifting and it is determined not simply by new emerging super powers (such as China, India or Brazil), but also by any seemingly small events (such as Wikileaks or the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers) in non-linear modes of interaction. The interdependency between communities through networks of communication somehow makes significant changes more and more unpredictable. Such interdependent, yet chaotic, world order, in turn, raises new philosophical questions. Identity, culture and civilization cannot be understood anymore simply in terms of traditional categories. Indeed, these categories are called into question through mutual interrogation and mutual enlargement of horizons among different communities in the world. And this inevitably entails hybridization and pluralization, even within every traditional system, be it a cultural, social, philosophical or religious system. The Asian voices included in this book speak of recognition of and respect for the 'otherness', the other outside as well as inside of traditions. The writers mostly see globalization as well as their own cultural positions through dialogical imagination in which a Western philosophical framework is deployed to find out their Asian positions, and the reverse, the Asian reality is used to problematize the Western framework. Thereby this book attempts to shed light on the question of how we are to understand anew culture and civilization in today's cosmopolitan world.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Bambang Sugiharto
ISBN 9781443829991
Antall sider 195 Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
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