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Via particular case reports, the members examine conflicts in social technological know-how arguing that they need to be resolved on the point of the person self-discipline instead of on the point of philosopy. They discover alternative ways during which social scientists care for the stress of being concurrently social gathering to a clash and a contributor its cost.

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These points of view will lead me back to the case study which will now be presented. Mulder, then Professor of Missions in the Theology Department of the Free University, Amsterdam, wrote to me at length to say that an article of mine had shocked and angered him (Quarles van Ufford 1987). My sketch of the background and intentions of the new policy for Dutch missions to Javanese churches as implemented at the end of the 1960s, he said, was completely wrong. You claim that the GKN-Mission (Mission of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands) acted out of self-interest only.

The dilemma between universalism and relativism, Epstein continues, is unauthentic. It arose in an anthropological tradition which one-sidedly emphasized the knowing, designing, cognitive human being. Anthropology allowed itself to be misled: the architects and the bargainers and the fighters were denuded of their emotionality. But just these affects are the shared basis embracing the variety. Cognitive differences were given far too much weight 30 REALITY EXISTS and cut off from their emotive substrate which all people share and hence recognize in their fellows.

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