Monday, November 22, 2004

Zarko Paic: Overcoming the West (The Errors of Occidentalism)

Edward Said's theory of Orientalism was a powerful critique of the West's ideology of an Eastern "Other"... less theorized has been the East's similar production of an Occidental "Other":


Only when history is viewed from the perspective of apocalypse does ideology reach its climax. Ideology is always only a means to other ends. This is why its resemblance to religion, as a surrogate mode of finding one's way in a world lacking sure strongholds, is only fitting. All the powerful ideologies of the 20th century, from communism and fascism and all forms fundamentalism or nationalism, are deeply permeated with religious or millennial fever, elaborates Zarko Paic.

Overcoming the West

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