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# Paul Otlet, an Omissum
Lisez en français: <https://diversions.constantvzw.org/omissum_fr.html></br>
Lisez en français: <https://diversions.constantvzw.org/omissum_fr.html>
Lees in het Nederlands: <https://diversions.constantvzw.org/omissum_nl.html>
This omissum is an attempt to address a blindspot in [this publication][^1], and intends to intervene in the way Paul Otlet has been portrayed in general. Terms like 'visionary' or 'pacifist' are used, among others, to paint a romantic image of Otlet as a charismatic, heroic figure. An omissum is attached to [this publication] in order to signal the fact that the figure as well as his oeuvre are committed to a colonial and racist project.
This omissum is an attempt to address a blindspot in [this publication][^1], and intends to intervene in the way Paul Otlet has been portrayed in general. Terms like 'visionary' or 'pacifist' are used, among others, to paint a romantic image of Otlet as a charismatic, heroic figure. An omissum is attached to [this publication] to signal the fact that the figure as well as his oeuvre are committed to a colonial and racist project.
Otlet has produced racist statements throughout his career. Such statements are usually, if mentioned at all, treated as insignificant details which play no role in his vast positivist project. They are not allowed to cast a shadow on his rationalist quest for the emancipation of humanity. This same rationalism though, never brought Otlet to question the prejudices that he consistently proposed in his work.
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