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Critical Theory After the Rise of the Global South

  • Boike Rehbein
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Abstract

The end of Euro-American domination opens up a new assessment of epistemological issues since an exclusive focus on one’s own traditions is no longer possible in a globalized and multicentric world. The alternative, relativism, is still no option when it is no longer possible to close the borders and retreat into oneself. Under these conditions, it becomes possible to revise an epistemology that is constructed around the alternative of universalism and relativism to a hermeneutic whose goal is not the understanding of one’s own tradition but that of radically different traditions, using the concept of a relational configuration that has to be developed in a dialectical way at its core.

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  • Boike Rehbein
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  1. 1.Humboldt UniversityBerlinGermany

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