Heidegger and Development in the Global South

  • Siby K. George

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 82)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 305-309

About this book


Taking the Heideggerian critical ontology of technology as its base, this volume looks at postcolonial modernization and development in the global south as the worldwide expansion of the western metaphysical understanding of reality. We live today in an increasingly globalizing technological society that Martin Heidegger described in the middle of the last century as ‘the planetary imperialism of technologically organized man.’ Consequent upon this cultural-intellectual globalization, the ahistorical, violent, individualistic, calculative and capitalistic logic of the metaphysics of technology is permeating the life-world, even of the world’s poorest peoples, in ways they could neither choose nor control.

This volume questions the political ethics and justice of post-war development discourse in the light of the egalitarian aims of modern societies, cultural freedom of communities and nations, and the ecological limits of the planet. The final chapters discuss the alternative proposal of development as various conceptions of good life and equitable human flourishing amidst equally flourishing non-human life and non-living beings. This unique volume is the first book-length treatment of the ontology of modernization and development in the global south from a Heideggerian stance.


Critique of development and modernization Development as good life Ecological and cultural violence Ethics, global justice and human development Heidegger's Dasein Human subject as affective Hybrid spaces of subversion Monolithic notion of development Philosophy of development in the global south Postwar development narrative Selfhood of subjects in development discourse Subversive agency Technological understanding of being

Authors and affiliations

  • Siby K. George
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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)MumbaiIndia

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