From Bounded Ignorance to Bounded Rationality: Toward Internationalizing Our Curriculum
Posted: 5 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 4, 2010
For a long time, western views on the arts and natural and social sciences have been the dominant perspectives in American institutions of higher education. Eastern, African and Native-Americans views were either ignored or marginalized. However, due to globalization and the interconnectedness of the world, observing humanity through a western ideology no longer seems to be sufficient, if not fatal. Interconnectedness is forcing us to better understand other views, perspectives and systems which for a long time we had ignored or treated as unimportant. In doing so not only we are only enabling ourselves to better understand “others” but also to better understand our position in the world. This paper will address the importance of understanding Middle Eastern culture, religions, languages and political thoughts in order for us to better engage in world affairs and have more effective approaches toward conflict resolution, and to transform ourselves from the veil of ignorance and bounded ignorance to bounded rationality.
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