Options for an Intercultural World: Cultural Particularities and Shared Values

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Ramin Jahanbegloo

The increasing interconnection between cultures and the accelerating process of moving cultures involve an unprecedented challenge to contemporary research in social and political sciences. However, in apparent contrast to these trends, academic mainstream knowledge productions continue to work in a tradition of cultural dichotomies reflecting a rigid classificatory approach to knowledge. As a matter of fact, what we see is that in an increasingly intercultural and interconnected world, the idea of a homogeneous and isolated culture becomes increasingly irrelevant. One might reason with thinkers like Amartya Sen that there is nothing new about this process of global inter-culturality and inter-connectivity. According to Sen, "Over thousands of years, globalization has contributed to the progress of the world through travel, trade, migration, spread of cultural influences and dissemination of knowledge and understanding (including that of science and technology). These global interrelations have often been very productive in the advancement of different countries. They have not necessarily taken the form of increased Western influence." would say that Sen’s reference is more to the idea of "interculturality" as the coexistence of cultures.