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The Consequences of Ideas

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Abstract:

Meera Nanda arguers first‐world intellectuals who espouse anti‐science, anti‐enlightenment, and relativist epistemological theories are guilty of supporting reactionary religious‐political movements in India (and elsewhere in the third‐world). I contend Nanda's argument betrays the very enlightenment ideas it aims to defend.

Keywords: Enlightenment; Epistemological relativism; Feminism; Hindu nationalism; Moral responsibility for ideas; Postcolonialism; Postmodernism; Science; science wars

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02691720500084291

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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