By Lawrence E. Cahoone

ISBN-10: 0271025247

ISBN-13: 9780271025247

During this probing exam of the that means and serve as of tradition in modern society, Lawrence Cahoone argues that cause itself is cultural, yet no much less moderate for it. whereas fresh political and philosophical activities have well-known that cognition, the self, and politics are embedded in tradition, so much fail to understand the deep alterations in rationalism and liberal concept this suggests, others jump without delay into relativism, and approximately all fail to outline tradition. Cultural Revolutions systematically defines tradition, gauges the results of the ineradicably cultural nature of cognition and motion, but argues that none of this means relativism. After displaying the place different "new culturalists" have long gone incorrect, Cahoone deals his personal deflnition of tradition as teleologically geared up practices, artifacts, and narratives and analyzes the concept of cultural club in terms of race, ethnicity, and "primordialism." He presents a thought of culture's function in how we shape our feel of truth and argues that the right kind perception of tradition dissolves "the challenge" of cultural relativism. using this attitude to Islamic fundamentalism, Cahoone identifies its clash with the West as representing the holiday among of 3 traditionally certain kinds of cause. instead of being "irrational," he exhibits, fundamentalism embodies a rationality only in the near past devalued--but now not solely abandoned--by the West. The patience of plural varieties of cause means that modernization in a number of international cultures is appropriate with persevered, even magnified, cultural adjustments.

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At the same time, of course, they motivate their work by claiming to accommodate liberalism to ethnic, racial, and cultural identity. But despite that motivation, their analyses and proposals are justified—through what we might call argument creep —by reference to lighter, thinner, liberal identities, often freely chosen, unburdened by objective criteria, for which blood, soil, and birthright are irrelevant. As in the old joke about the man who loses his keys in the grass, but searches for them under a streetlight, they look for answers where the light is better.

Thus, the neutralist and I agree that any reasonable interpretation of American civil rules through its legitimately dominant cultural tradition must outlaw ritual genital mutilation of underage females. LIBERALISM AND LA REVANCHE DE LA CULTURE 33 The neutralist must argue that this prohibition is based on a culturally neutral principle of individual liberty. I suggest there is no such principle, that our prohibition is as inevitably cultured as our notion of liberty, and nevertheless acceptable as such.

LIBERALISM AND LA REVANCHE DE LA CULTURE 33 The neutralist must argue that this prohibition is based on a culturally neutral principle of individual liberty. I suggest there is no such principle, that our prohibition is as inevitably cultured as our notion of liberty, and nevertheless acceptable as such. More positively, in a diverse liberal society the “cultural majority” takes a rather special form. Here a Rawlsian concept is helpful, albeit for a purpose not shared by its author. In Political Liberalism Rawls introduced the notion of an “overlapping consensus” of reasonable, that is, fair or tolerant, comprehensive doctrines (Rawls 1993).

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