From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Tue Apr 19 2005 - 15:33:39 EDT
To the below I should add that I am interested in Enrique Dussel's attempts to rethink history from the perspective of what he calls the underside of modernity. This means a break from Marx as he is an inheritor of a Hegelian theory of history. So there is the question of McCarney opposed to Dussel. I heard Dussel speak yesterday; he is amazingly erudite and very gracious in the reception of criticism. A lot of people were putting hard questions to him about his conception of exteriority--whether he had posited it as impossibly pure and uncontaminated. As Riccardo noted, he is a true and profound scholar both in terms of what he has written and in his own comportment in debate. . Part of the reason for the failure to understand this may come from the underlying progressivist liberal belief that capitalism can be understood as a higher stage in the unfolding drama of human freedom. I haven't read McCarney's defense of Hegel's theory of history yet, but I doubt that I shall be persuaded!
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