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Modern Artificialism: An Alternative Perspective on Nature/Culture Dualism

  • Andy Scerri

Abstract

Drawing on secondary and theoretical literature, discussion in this chapter builds upon Dumont’s concept of ‘modern artificialism’ to focus upon the links between citizenship, the state and what is most often discussed in green political theory as nature/culture dualism. In particular, the discussion draws attention away from the dualistic split between nature and culture. This approach serves to highlight links between the historical emergence of a dualist or artificialist modern culture, on the one hand, and a counter-mandatory holist cultural modernism, on the other hand. Using Dumont’s work in this way also focuses inquiry on the tension between reactionary and political ideological positions amidst the establishment of modern bourgeois citizenship and the mercantile state.

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Capitalistic Market Social Bond Autonomous Individual Structural Imperative Political Sphere 
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