Theorem F: A Holistic-Humanistic Model Of Development

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

John W. Murphy, Committee Chair


The aim of this dissertation is to provide new avenues for non-violent social change in Colombia. A useful theoretical framework is desperately needed in Colombia that can be operationalized-applied to the diverse, regionalized, and multiethnic reality that Colombians are living and experiencing. The social philosophical approach that is presented---i.e. epistemology: quantum humanism---is founded on the antithesis of modernity, or alterity. This is an alterity---or the apprehension of the Other as a truly Other---that is consistent with radical multiculturalism (see Kymlicka, 2004; Fals-Borda, 1998), and the ethos that Colombia is a country of radical contrasts. Within this realm of contrasts, contradictions, and diversity, is where heterodox quantum theory---Lupasco, Zohar, Bohm, and Wilber---and alterian humanism---Dussel, Jung, Maslow---appear to be appropriate for such an endeavor. Additionally, this strategy is reasonable within the context established by Colombia's Constitution. The polynation, or multinational state, as Kymlicka (2004) calls it, is the social ontological outcome of quantum humanism.


Philosophy; Political Science, General; Sociology, Social Structure and Development

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