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K AFF ORIENTALISM CHAMP 12

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Inevitable Orientalism Inevitable – too deeply imbedded in western thought Steven L . Rosen Faculty of Intercultural Communication Hiroshima Women's University Japan as Other: Intercultural Communication, ISSN 1404-1634, 2000 , November, issue 4. Orientalism and Cultural Conflict http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr4/rosen.htm This paper argues that so-called Orientalism is a way of life, and not just an out-dated way of knowing from the colonial past; it is an integral part of modern consciousness. Ethnocentrism is the imposition of one's own culturally mediated system of understandings onto others. It is the interpretation and evaluation of others through this epistemological screen, with the implicit assumption that one's own mode of understanding is superior because it is invariantly true. (Erchak 1992:90) In psychological terms we can say that ethnocentrism is a kind of cognitive orientation which understands the world in terms of rigid schemata ; Orientalism is a particular historical manifestation of this ethnocentric orientation. It is based on a Western consciousness which "includes a battery of desires, repressions, investments and projection s." ( Said 1993:90)
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WNDI 2010 3 Champs AT: Orientalism West is the Best The kritik collapses on itself –Only western thought has the notion of rational beings and universalism David Pryce-Jones is a senior editor at National Review January 2008 Enough Said A review of Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq On Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq. http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/enough-said-3743 As common sense suggests and Ibn Warraq substantiates, the interest of Westerners in the East from classical antiquity onwards was motivated by intellectual curiosit y ; they wanted to find out about the other human beings with whom they were sharing the world . To seek knowledge for its own sake is the special and wholly beneficial contribution the West has made to mankind . “Only the West in one of Ibn Warraq’s lapidary judgments, “seems to have developed the notion that the natural world is a rational and ordered universe, that man is a rational creature who is able to understand , without the aid of revelation, or spiritual agencies, and able to describe that universe and grasp the laws that govern it .” Rationalism, universalism, and self-inspection are Western traits which expand civilization. Said’s cultural relativism leads only to a dead-end . West has been focused on the restoration not destruction of culture David Pryce-Jones is a senior editor at National Review January 2008 Enough Said A review of Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq On Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism by Ibn Warraq.
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