Introduction The kind invitation for this Symposium I received in Paris mentionned that it was organized in order to promote mutual understanding among civilisations. It seems to me that one of the obstacles in the path of dialogue between Western culture and non Western cultures is the sense Westerners have…

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Global Convivialism

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