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Ciencia, docencia y tecnología

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GIACCAGLIA, Mirta A et al. Modern reason and otherness: Interculturality in response. Cienc. docencia tecnol. [online]. 2012, n.44, pp.111-135. ISSN 1851-1716.

Western reason, on the stage of Modernity, established ways of thinking, feeling and doing founded on the ideas of lineal and unlimited progress and science as legitimate knowledge, based on the bourgeois state, with the expectation that such a model would ensure welfare and freedom. Then, genocide and totalitarianism showed that faith in some certainties and determinism only led to the impossibility of coexistence and the lack of mutual recognition. Therefore, in contemporary times the only possible bet is on politics not based on transcendence, where otherness might break any chance of stabilization and the ways to build up and project future might be shaped by the random event. The intercultural perspective, from a prudence marked by the mistakes of a blind trust on a sole model, can contribute to thinking on ways for rebuilding a more livable world, in scenery of enormous development of technologies.

Keywords : Political philosophy; Modernity; Otherness; Foreigness; Interculturality.

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