Reflecting on the philosophical assumptions that sustain the
development debate, Rabbani analyzes how the modern project of
development and the antidevelopment discourse reduce the human
condition to a struggle for self-preservation and, likewise, social
and international cooperation to a strategic and self-defeating
process. The book centers on core inconsistencies in the rationale
of both discourses as they stand for individual autonomy,
collective self-determination and mutual respect. Building these
social goals around the requirement of 'non-interference' in
individual or collective affairs, neither discourse can practically
enhance nor coherently sustain respect to people's freedom and
diversity. The author argues that any real alternative to the
normative reductions and actual destructions carried on by
international development theory and practice would have to recover
the non-contingent solidarity implied in people's search for
self-understanding. Awareness of this human condition, in its turn,
actively fosters relations of universal inclusion and global
friendship. Instructors and graduate and undergraduate students in
the fields of peace studies, development studies, political
sciences and political philosophy; professionals and volunteers
working in governmental and non-governmental organizations and
development agencies will find this volume ideally fit for purpose.
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