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By J. Alexander

Rethinking development presents a not easy reevaluation of 1 of the the most important principles of Western civilization; the proposal of development. growth usually turns out to became self-defeating, generating ecological deserts, overpopulated towns, exhausted assets, decaying cultures, and frequent emotions of alienation. The participants, from around the globe, current their different views at the destiny of development.

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It, too, can be considered a successful example of the extension of world mastery which has helped to perfect life in the modern world. On these grounds it may be argued that the twentieth century has been a time of progress, that this is not only a plausible view but also a valid one. Not only Americans and Europeans argue this view today, but articulate leaders in India, China, Brazil, and Japan as well. The twentieth century is a good and sensible world. Yes, evil and irrationality still exist, but their origins are outside of us.

Those who created this style (Pevsner 1977) actually believed that their buildings represented no fictive design but only followed inevitably from the shape of engineering and efficient rational design. While this self-understanding may be false— engineering and efficiency do not have an implicit design—the International Style that resulted was of a decidedly rationalist bent—straight lines, angles, and flat surfaces. A similar demand for directness, simplicity, objectivity, and efficiency characterizes twentieth-century prose.

Sartre cut his intellectual eye teeth on Husserl. Marcuse grew up on Heidegger, Freud, and Lukàcs. Parsons’ intellectual fathers were Weber, Pareto, and Durkheim. Yet, while these more contemporary thinkers differed from their illustrious predecessors in the fact that they never experienced an epistemological break, their commitment to postmodern thought was nourished by a similar confrontation with the darkness of modern life. Keynes rejected his earlier aestheticism after he was horrified by the barbarism of the Great War and politicized by the stupidity of the peace treaty that followed.

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