Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Problem of Child Labor

Domination cannot be a necessary fact of human life. Most analysis on human injustice focus on causal links or the empirical without due regard for systemic wrong. This undermines the human being who is the fundamental locus of attention in any philosophical investigation. No human being has a pre-ordained destiny, and for this reason it is important to examine the rootedness of oppression and other forms of human injustice in our culture. Enrique Dussel traces all problems in Third World societies to the egocentric nature of Western thinking.  History, he says, is all about “the space of a world within the ontological horizon is the space of a world center, of the organic, self-conscious state that brooks no contradictions because it is an imperialist state.” (Dussel 1985, 2)