humanitas/anthropos

A binary (dualist) opposition, that has emerged in the colonial era to serve/ has become one of the bases of/ the western idea of superiority over others. With this dualist conceptualization 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, usually people of European or North American descent, is a self-reference to the people who regard themselves as a rational kind of humanity which is able to create theory and generate “true knowledge” about the world. They control discourse with this claim to universal “true knowledge”, as they have been able to dominate the anthropos. Anthropos are those men and women who are the “other” in the viewpoint of the humanitas. They are usually people  of colour, non-western, and also called of the Third World, or underdeveloped. Humanitas has made them into mere objects of study and not able to generate knowledge unless it is in the scientific tradition of the humanitas. The dualistic character of humanitas/anthropos means that the one does not have any meaning without the other, its opposite.