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LEARNING TO FORGETThe Anti-Memoirs of Modernity$
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Dipankar Gupta

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195674330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.001.0001

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Creating a ‘Minimum Set of Resemblances’

Creating a ‘Minimum Set of Resemblances’

Normative Interventions for Iso-Ontology

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(p.108) Chapter 5 Creating a ‘Minimum Set of Resemblances’
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LEARNING TO FORGET
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Dipankar Gupta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.003.0005

Intersubjectivity characterized by iso-ontology has made significant strides in many western societies. It is argued that when affirmative action draws inspiration from Emile Durkheim and L. T. Hobhouse, it is grounded on durable sociological principles and is, consequently, less dependent on altruism and selfishness, or forces of the will. Fraternity can only come about through a basic set of resemblances between citizens. A minimum set of resemblances comes into being when a democratic state establishes institutions that are open to all so that individuals can realize those potential skills in them that are considered to be socially valuable. Affirmative action is a deliberative exercise in reflective ethics. Caste representations do not wipe out the past, but give it an added lease of life.

Keywords:   intersubjectivity, Emile Durkheim, L. T. Hobhouse, resemblances, affirmative action, caste representations

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