Hi Jacques and everyone
As most of you will know, the first time someone writes to Minciu Sodas
their email is checked by Andrius or me before it is published.
If it is something inappropriate (such as an advertisement) we reject it.
The post from Jacques was too long (six pages) for me to read and decide
about appropriateness,so I have simply published the start of it below,
with a link to further information. I hope there will be a summary there.
From: Jacques L. Hamel
Some members of the group may be interested in this posting (6 pages)
on a strategy - a strategy of `Subversive Rationalization' - for
pulling Africa toward some form of distinctive modernity. Any comment?
"The world we have created is the product of our thinking. It cannot
be changed without changing our thinking" Albert Einstein
"Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge"
The objective of this posting is to share ideas on a strategy - a
STRATEGY OF SUBVERSIVE RATIONALIZATION - for uncovering modernity in
Africa. The strategy emphasizes the internalization of the scientific
method and rational modes of thinking as well as the assimilation of
key scientific knowledge, as the epistemological foundation of any
kind of modernity. It also stresses the necessity of renovating
conformist, traditionalist or totalizing belief and knowledge
systems, worldviews and cultures, that stand in the way to essential
changes on the road to modernity - a mega-project of autonomization,
individuation, rationalization, demystification and feminization
processes (less patriarchal forms). Modernity is also a project of
democratization, liberalization, secularization, trans-
nationalization, systematization, technocratization and humanization
(remainder of the text has been edited out - Pam)
Details regarding the strategy can be found in a draft website -
http://jachamel.googlepages.com - (600 pages).