|About the Book|
This work renders an uncompromising verdict on the scourge of our millennium: i.e. modernism, itself the artefact of certain Late Eurocentric propensities. It argues that, whilst modernism is possessed of some virtues and benignities, they are purchased at far too high a cost-indeed, a cost that neither the species nor the planet can, on any scale, find affordable. More urgently, the author holds that modernism imperils the existence of all species and the mother of all hospitalities, viz., the planet itself. Given the imminence and the gravity of this threat, as portrayed in the work, he further suggests that no other posture is at all, in the highest sense, ecologically responsible. We must, stated simply, he claims, break with the manifold paradigms of the European Enlightenment or find ourselves, soon enough, as mutant beings occupying an alien habitat.This book goes far beyond the usual genre of critique by actually offering salves and antidotes to the enduring malaise of our times. It also offers a new paradigm for the human sciences locating it firmly in the species being of our hominid natures thereby annulling the spurious distinctions between nature-culture, et.al. drawn by the European enlightenment. In particular, the book points to the paradigm of femininity as the potential agent of a very real, and realizable (and realized) emancipation from the delusive utopias of European, masculinist paternity. Finally, the book entreats us to re-evaluate our real placement in an evolving, self-fulfilling universe.