CALL FOR PAPERS : JOURNAL OF HUMAN VALUES, ALTERNATIVE ETHICS OF LAW & SOCIETY.
We live in transformative times, that is, times when time itself is under threat by losing on its singular character. Interestingly, our times have become plural times in which individuals who are in the same material and spiritual conditions get divergent, at times conflicting, temporal experience. What we call temporal experience is nothing but the “sense of time-space” which is a holistic awareness one has about one’s existence. Of late, this existence has become problematic due to the anachronistic intervention of one time-space into another time-space. It is an interpellation of known past (déjà vu), unknown present (individual solipsism and social amnesia), and to-be-known future (transcendental) into the present state of existence. Largely, it is a case of time losing its chronology and linearity.
Individuals and collectivities struggle against these odds by way of discrete imaginations and adaptations, for they have the sense of being in a revolutionary moment, a moment in which they can reinvent their existence. While individual adaptations have always been subjective—ranging from “reinventing the self” to “anesthetizing oneself to the new reality”—responses from systems of social organization have been to create new frameworks of homogeneity such as law and legal system. The inherent legality and normativity of these frameworks make them the ideal space for the selves decentered in the said conditions to reinvent themselves, forgetting any personalized pursuits in self-reorganization and yielding dependently to these frameworks.
In a certain sense all this business of adaptation is part of a “politics of homogenization” and “politics of reinvention” by which centres of historical dominance get the advantageousness of forging a preconceived sociality. They have a historical privilege over individual efforts when it comes to social ordering—“social self-perfecting” as a means for “individual self-becoming” had always a predominance over “social self- becoming” through “individual self-perfecting”. However, if one is ready to give the allowance of ordinariness to this top-down process, the politics of reinvention becomes unproblematic, for social times have always been dominated by centres of power (political, ideological, religious, and so on) which controlled the imaginations and actions of individuals, yet giving them a sense of participation and involvement.
TEMPORAL PLURALISM: ALTERNATIVE ETHICS OF LAW & SOCIETY.
- Rational law, rational societies: Economic approaches to social ordering
- Global ethics in global times: Ethics in law/society/education/professions
- Redefining/rediscovering/reinventing human values
- Role of individual in temporal transition
- Communities in transforming times
- Role of religion and other value systems in reimagining societies
- Scope of judicial participation in grappling with temporal pluralism
- 31 March 2019: Submission of Full Article
- April-May 2019: Editorial Comments/ Peer Review
- June 2019: Revised Final Versions due to Editors