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Author Cahoone, Lawrence E., 1954-

Title Cultural revolutions : reason versus culture in philosophy, politics, and jihad / Lawrence E. Cahoone.

Imprint University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2005.
Publication Info. ©2005


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Description 1 online resource (231 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : the return of the repressed -- Liberalism and la revanche de la culture -- Kingdoms of ends -- Who is culture? -- Modernity : culture of reason or reason against culture? -- Postmodernity : too much culture or not enough? -- Playing reality -- Why there is no problem of cultural relativism -- What is the opposite of jihad? -- Conclusion : culture's reasons.
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Summary In this probing examination of the meaning and function of culture in contemporary society, Lawrence Cahoone argues that reason itself is cultural, but no less reasonable for it. While recent political and philosophical movements have recognized that cognition, the self, and politics are embedded in culture, most fail to appreciate the deep changes in rationalism and liberal theory this implies, others leap directly into relativism, and nearly all fail to define culture. Cultural Revolutions systematically defines culture, gauges the consequences of the ineradicably cultural nature of cognition and action, yet argues that none of this implies relativism. After showing where other "new culturalists" have gone wrong, Cahoone offers his own definition of culture as teleologically organized practices, artifacts, and narratives and analyzes the notion of cultural membership in relation to race, ethnicity, and "primordialism." He provides a theory of culture's role in how we form our sense of reality and argues that the proper conception of culture dissolves "the problem" of cultural relativism. Applying this perspective to Islamic fundamentalism, Cahoone identifies its conflict with the West as representing the break between two of three historically distinctive forms of reason. Rather than being "irrational," he shows, fundamentalism embodies a rationality only recently devalued-but not entirely abandoned-by the West. The persistence of plural forms of reason suggests that modernization in various world cultures is compatible with continued, even magnified, cultural differences.
Language In English.
Note This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Subject Social history -- 20th century.
Social history -- 21st century.
Cognition and culture.
Culture conflict.
Cultural relativism.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
PHILOSOPHY -- Epistemology.
Cognition and culture. (OCoLC)fst00866482
Cultural relativism. (OCoLC)fst00885057
Culture conflict. (OCoLC)fst00885099
Multiculturalism. (OCoLC)fst01028836
Social history. (OCoLC)fst01122498
Politieke theorieŽn.
Sociology & Social History.
Social Sciences.
Social Conditions.
Chronological Term 1900-2099
Indexed Term Philosophy
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Cahoone, Lawrence E., 1954- Cultural revolutions. University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2005 0271025247 (DLC) 2004020481 (OCoLC)56420205
ISBN 0271030240 (electronic bk.)
9780271030241 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9780271025247
AU@ 000044593653
DEBSZ 493062211

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