Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty

Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty A  K  G  Madras Institute of Development Studies In this paper, I explore the ideal of self-cultivation as it confronts the holders of power and our practice and understanding of ethics and aesthetics. I begin with the fi eld of social development as an illustrative case of fi eld of power that is in urgent need of a recon- structive and transformative practice of self-development. I take the ethical deliberations in the fi eld of development, that is, development ethics as an exemplar of ethical re fl ection today, and look at aesthetics through the contemporary quest of and re fl ections on self- cultivation. Then, I discuss the challenge of recognizing the face of the other that the rad- ical alterity of poverty presents to the quest for freedom, exercise of power and the ideal of self-cultivation. Through a dialogue with the face of the other, I wish in this paper to move from a self-congratulatory view of freedom as an assertion of one’s rights to the terrain of what Emmanuel Levinas calls “di ffi cult freedom”, and reiterate the imperative of responsibility http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty

Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 33 (1): 46 – Jan 1, 2005

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© 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1568-4849
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Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty A  K  G  Madras Institute of Development Studies In this paper, I explore the ideal of self-cultivation as it confronts the holders of power and our practice and understanding of ethics and aesthetics. I begin with the fi eld of social development as an illustrative case of fi eld of power that is in urgent need of a recon- structive and transformative practice of self-development. I take the ethical deliberations in the fi eld of development, that is, development ethics as an exemplar of ethical re fl ection today, and look at aesthetics through the contemporary quest of and re fl ections on self- cultivation. Then, I discuss the challenge of recognizing the face of the other that the rad- ical alterity of poverty presents to the quest for freedom, exercise of power and the ideal of self-cultivation. Through a dialogue with the face of the other, I wish in this paper to move from a self-congratulatory view of freedom as an assertion of one’s rights to the terrain of what Emmanuel Levinas calls “di ffi cult freedom”, and reiterate the imperative of responsibility

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Published: Jan 1, 2005

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