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By Claes G. Ryn

ISBN-10: 0826214940

ISBN-13: 9780826214942

ISBN-10: 0826264549

ISBN-13: 9780826264541

  a superb problem of the twenty-first century is the chance of clash among folks, peoples, and cultures, between and inside of societies. In a standard Human floor, Claes Ryn explores the character of this challenge and units forth a conception approximately what's beneficial for peaceable family members to be attainable. Many within the Western international belief in “democracy,” “capitalism,” “liberal tolerance,” “scientific progress,” or “general enlightenment” to deal with this challenge. even supposing each one of those, correctly outlined, may well give a contribution towards assuaging disputes, Ryn argues that the matter is far extra complicated and significant than is generally famous. He purposes that, so much essentially, stable kinfolk between contributors and international locations have ethical and cultural preconditions. What can predispose them to mutual recognize and peace? One Western philosophical culture, for which Plato set the trend, keeps that the single option to real team spirit is for old variety to yield to universality. The implication of this view for a multicultural international will be a peace that calls for that cultural area of expertise be effaced so far as attainable and changed with a common tradition. a truly various Western philosophical culture denies the lifestyles of universality altogether. it really is represented this day by way of postmodernist multiculturalism—a view that leaves unanswered the query as to how clash among assorted teams could be prevented. Ryn questions either one of those traditions, arguing for the capability union of universality and particularity. He contends that the 2 don't need to be enemies, yet actually desire one another. Cultivating person and nationwide particularities is very likely appropriate with strengthening and enriching our universal humanity. This quantity embraces the suggestion of universality, whereas while historicizing it. utilizing wide-ranging examples, Ryn offers a firmly sustained and systematic argument centering in this important factor. His process is interdisciplinary, discussing not just political rules, but in addition fiction, drama, and different arts. Scholarly and philosophical, yet no longer really good, this ebook will attract common readers in addition to intellectuals.

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For example, abandoning traditional restraints on human conduct and trusting in the goodness of man may unleash egotism and cruelty. Nor would harmony be brought about by external manipulation, although, needless to say, social, political, and economic measures, national and international, can assist the task. The greatest 5. Croce, Story of Liberty, 355. 30 A Common Human Ground need for the longer run is that the best resources of particular peoples, as identified by their most cultivated and perceptive representatives, be marshaled so that in the shaping of character, mind, and imagination the spirit of universality will become more discernible and so that individuals and cultures will be able to meet on the highest common ground.

A brotherhood of man will reconstitute society. In the concluding paragraph of his First Discourse, Rousseau sums up 1. The Dhammapada, trans. with an essay by Irving Babbitt (New York: New Directions Publishing, 1965), 43. 16 A Common Human Ground the superiority of the new virtue over the old. ” he exclaims in praise of the sentimental morality he professes, “are so many difficulties and so much preparation necessary in order to know you? ” Having declared man good, Rousseau and his followers transfer the most significant struggle of human existence from the inner life of the person to society, where evil forces must be defeated by the virtuous to make a good society possible.

Chs. 1, 3, and 4. For an exploration of ethical universality as historically evolving, see ch. 13. The Living Past 31 One does not have to reject all aspects of the Enlightenment mind to find its understanding of the origins and prospects of social and international order unsatisfactory. It does not confront the human moral predicament with sufficient realism and historical understanding. Its ideas about man and society are too abstractly intellectual and caught up in the present. Enlightenment intellectuals are usually prone to wishful thinking and to vagueness about the sources for various attitudes that they deem desirable, such as respect and tolerance for other human beings.

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