Der partikulare Hindu-Universalismus – Ein Dekonstruktionsversuch nach Derrida

This paper attempts to deconstruct Hindu universalism using Jacques Derrida’s approach. Hindu universalism is especially widespread in the political context of British colonial rule. However, it can be observed that it sometimes takes on inclusivist features. Derrida’s reflections on Claude Lévi-Strauss, Judaism, nationalism, and politics in general show that universal thought is often made subservient to one’s own purposes, whether consciously or not. The paradoxes of universalism and particularism lead to the elevation of one’s particular position over others, turning universalism into inclusivism. This idea can be applied partially to Hindu universalism, especially with regard to the political context of the 19th and 20th centuries, yet not exclusively so.

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