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Each science that does not respond to the 2 The Scientific Revolution and the Dilemmas of Ethnocentrism 41 particularistic and detrimental idea of Western science implies a struggle for recognition within modernity. A struggle that sees non-Western indigenous knowledge mobilized against the alleged universalism of Western science to exhaust in se all the possible meanings and spaces of modernity. From this pluriversal world, a multiplicity of methodologies emerges. For Harding, the acquaintance with standpoint methodologies is the most fertile theoretical praxis to simultaneously dismantle modern science as Western, masculine ethno-science, and produce alternative forms of natural knowledge from disadvantaged groups.
One significant element in his work is the crucial contribution that the collection of knowledge from diverse parts of the world can make to the advancement of science. The history of modern science often creates the impression that science developed within Europe with little input from the outside. Yet in this influential study it is evident that Bacon did not 2 The Scientific Revolution and the Dilemmas of Ethnocentrism 39 underestimate the contributions that other cultures could make to the growth of the sciences.
Bala makes it clear that his view is prompted by the will to drain the vast basin of thought and assumptions on which European ethnocentrism and its universalistic pretensions necessarily draws, that is, the possibility of attributing the character of essentiality to historical specificity. Any ethnocentric construction presumes that something inherently different grew out of a specific geohistorical location at a certain moment in time, rather than being the result of connections and interactions.
A source book in physics by Magie W.F.