Modernization as Ideology: American Social Science and by Michael E. Latham

By Michael E. Latham

Delivering new perception at the highbrow and cultural dimensions of the chilly conflict, Michael Latham finds how social technological know-how conception assisted in shaping American overseas coverage throughout the Kennedy management. He exhibits how, in the course of America's protracted fight to include communism within the constructing international, the idea that of worldwide modernization moved past its beginnings in academia to develop into a motivating ideology in the back of coverage decisions.After tracing the increase of modernization thought in American social technological know-how, Latham analyzes the way in which its middle assumptions motivated the Kennedy administration's Alliance for growth with Latin the USA, the production of the Peace Corps, and the strategic hamlet application in Vietnam. yet as he demonstrates, modernizers went past insisting at the relevance of America's adventure to the dilemmas confronted by means of impoverished international locations. looking to speed up the circulation of overseas societies towards a liberal, democratic, and capitalist modernity, Kennedy and his advisers additionally reiterated a far deeper feel in their personal nation's very important strengths and crucial benevolence. on the top of the chilly warfare, Latham argues, modernization recast older ideologies of appear future and imperialism.

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But Kant's remark concerning the concept of a permissive law [Erlaubnisgeselz]15 makes it at least highly probable that his deduction agrees with the deduction given here. A right is clearly something that one can avail oneself of or not. '1 These two said only that the realization of this idea [of perpetual peace] would be desirable, to which every sensible person no doubt responds that the idea would not be impossible, if human beings were different from how they still presently are. Kant shows that this idea is a necessary task of reason and that the presentation of this idea is an end of nature that nature will achieve sooner or later, since she works endlessly towards it and has actually already reached so much that lies on the way to the goal: thus Kant's position is undoubtedly a very different view of the same topic.

XXX Further reading Although there is a growing body of secondary literature on Fichte in English, surprisingly little of it is devoted specifically to the Foundations of Natural Right. Yet because the Foundations is an integral part of Fichte's larger philosophical system, the wider literature is relevant to understanding this text, and some familiarity with it is advisable. A general introduction to the aims of Fichte's first philosophical system is Frederick Neuhouser's Fichte's Theory ofSubjectivity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

When one hears some Kantians talking about a priori concepts, one is led to believe that these concepts just stand there in the human mind prior to [5] experience, somewhat like empty compartments, and wait until experience puts something into them. What kind of thing could a concept be for these people, and how could they have come to accept the Kantian doctrine, understood in this way, as true? (8) As has been said, prior to what emerges from an instance of acting, the acting itself and the determinate way of acting cannot be perceived.

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