humanitas

One part of the (binary) dualist opposition humanitas/anthropos that has emerged in the colonial era and has become one of the bases of the western claim to superiority over others. With this dualist conception the west has divided the world population into the superior humanitas and the inferior anthropos, and it still is at the basis of modern western worldviews. Humanitas are usually people of European or North American descent, and regard themselves as a rational kind of humanity which is able to create theory and ‘true knowledge’ about the world, through scientific research for example. They control discourse with this claim to universal ‘true knowledge’, as they have been able to dominate the anthropos. The dualistic character of humanitas/anthropos means that the one does not have any meaning without the other, its opposite.