Yehuda Elkana on ‘Global Contextualism’



Kang Wenming, a sheep herder from Xuehua, China. Source: American Museum of Natural History

“We should get used to the fact that all knowledge must be seen in context: not only when looking at its origin, but even when trying to establish its validity and even when looking for its possible application for solving burning problems. A concise way of putting the requirement … is ‘From Local Universalism to Global Contextualism.’”

— Yehuda Elkana in The Globalization of Knowledge in History, 2007

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