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Project Modernity

Dipankar Gupta

in LEARNING TO FORGET

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.003.0001
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Modernity is understood as a specific form of social relations that people enter into in everyday life. These relations are modified at the most fundamental level by the quality of intersubjectivity. A modern society is characterized by intersubjectivity as an ontological condition. The difference between iso-ontology and poly-ontologies seems to be very vital in appreciating the distance between modern and pre-modern settings. Intersubjectivity does not mean agreement, or consensus, but respecting the other as occupying an equal position even when an adversary. Ethics catches this internalization of the intersubjective other, without sublating it to the self. Membership requires a space where the enactment takes place. The cultural space of modernity is kept alive through metaphors that encourage intersubjectivity. Modernity is ultimately about relations between people and not about traits in individuals.

Keywords: intersubjectivity; iso-ontology; poly-ontologies; modernity; ethics; membership; social relations; cultural space

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Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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