Author(s)Vazhappilly, Pius V Thomas
Interculturality and Public Intellectuals
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AbstractThe paper maps the terrain and dynamics of the desired transformation of knowledge societies into ethical societies and establishes the necessitating inner logic and its tenors of the primacy of the ethical composition of any modern, open, knowledge societies, with the model of a critical, dialogical concept of democracy and pedagogy. It tries to attain such a goal by presenting two contemporary thinkers of our times, Juergen Habermas and Charles Taylor. Having discussed the inner paradigm of ethical societies, i.e., a social dialogically constituted, open democracy, the paper moves on to its main argument in order to show how pedagogy and the institution of education, particularly, the higher educational institutions/universities are to be the prime ethical concerns and the organizational base of any ethical societies and hence, knowledge societies.