Generative Difference: A Philosophical Primer | by Dara Blumenthal, PhD | Nature of Work | Medium (2014)

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Generative Difference: A Philosophical Primer | by Dara Blumenthal, PhD | Nature of Work | Medium
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Generative Difference: A Philosophical Primer

Dara Blumenthal, PhD

Dara Blumenthal, PhD

Nov 16, 2014 

The basic relationship between what is alike and what is different is fundamental. We use this relationship to construct our identities, make choices, and understand who we are in an ever-changing world. Sameness/difference is a primary binary opposition that permeates and some would argue, structures our inner mental and experiential schemata. Crucially, in this relationship, sameness has been prioritized over difference for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Change is hard and slow. Consider how, in the contemporary West, we still live in a systemically racist society (where the fundamental frameworks of sameness derive from the straight white male ideal).

So what happens when we embrace difference, rather than trying to manage or empower it against the dominant norms of sameness?

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Generative Difference: A Philosophical Primer | by Dara Blumenthal, PhD | Nature of Work | Medium