A Philosophical Essay on Crisis and Development in Marxian Framework
Unlike other philosophers, Marx philosophies in a way that communicated both to professional philosophers and the practicing common man. He appears like a trapeze artist, doing a number of things at the same time. While his intent was to communicate to the people who create history, being a professional philosopher himself, he had problems in communicating to this audience. He is controversial among professional philosophers and critically among practicing Marxists, but always has a major impact on the common sense of ordinary struggling people – the organic individuals. This trilogy of monographs is an encounter with Marx, the Philosopher at this ordinary level. The applications of the results of this trilogy are presented in two volumes, one in English and one in Telugu.
Continuing in the subject – object framework, in this monograph, the attempt was to generate alternative spaces which are ontologically different. The familiar schema of primitive communism, slavery, feudalism, capitalism is replaced by economic spaces which are internally stable. These spaces are labeled labour-scarce, land-scarce and capital-scarce. The monograph attempts to define crisis in a particular ontological space and its possible movement to another ontological space. Development as reflection of an unresolved crisis, is a movement from one space to another. Speaking on the Indian experience, the author located ontological incompatibility and epistemological incomprehension in the Indian development experience.* * *
Dr. M. Bharathi, a physicist by formal training, by force of circumstances, strayed into social sciences. She did a number of empirical studies on problems of development and displacement. Subsequently, she made a dent into methodology of social enquiry. She was Chairperson for Institute of Study of Society and Culture, Burla and was associated with Centre for Documentation, Research and Communication, Hyderabad, Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Human Rights Centre at the University of Hyderabad.