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Title: A Non-Occidentalist West?: Learned Ignorance and Ecology of Knowledge
Authors: Santos, Boaventura de Sousa 
Keywords: Ecology of knowledge; Learned ignorance; Lucian of Samosata; Nicholas of Cusa; Blaise Pascal; Post-colonialism
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: SAGE
Serial title, monograph or event: Theory, Culture & Society
Volume: 26
Issue: 7-8
Abstract: In this article I argue that, in spite of the apparently unshakable hegemony of the historical, philosophical and sociological arguments invoked by the canonical history of Europe and the world to demonstrate the uniqueness of the West and its superiority, there is room to think of a non-Occidentalist West. By that I mean a vast array of conceptions, theories, arguments that, though produced in the West by recognized intellectual figures, were discarded, marginalized or ignored because they did not fit the political objectives of capitalism and colonialism at the roots of Western modernity. In the article I tackle specifically three topics: the conceptions of antiquity, modern science and a teleology of the future. Among many others who might be selected, I resort to three eccentric figures — Lucian of Samosata, Nicholas of Cusa and Blaise Pascal — to exemplify some of the paths that might guide us in the construction of a non-capitalist, non-colonialist inter-cultural dialogue. Such paths are here designated as those of learned ignorance, ecology of knowledge, wager on another possible world and artisanship of practices.
ISSN: 0263-2764
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/0263276409348079
DOI: 10.1177/0263276409348079
Rights: openAccess
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