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In addition to war, terrorism, and unchecked military violence, modernity is also subject to less visible but no less venomous conflicts. Global in nature, these “culture wars” exacerbate the tensions between tradition and innovation, virtue and freedom. This book charts a course beyond these persistent but curable dichotomies. Consulting diverse fields such as philosophy, literature, political science, and religious studies, the book equates modern history with a process of steady pluralization. This process, which the book calls “integral pluralism,” requires new connections and creates ethical responsibilities. The book critically compares integral pluralism against the theories of Carl Schmitt, the Religious Right, international “realism,” and so-called political Islam. Drawing on the works of James, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Merleau-Ponty, it offers solutions for the conflicts of the modern world.

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2571-8

eISBN

978-0-8131-7368-9 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3945-6 (epub version)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.001.0001

Keywords

War, Terrorism, Military violence, Modernity, Culture wars, Pluralisation, Integral pluralism, Ethical responsibilities, Carl Schmitt, Religious Right

Disciplines

Cultural History | International Relations | Military History | Politics and Social Change

Integral Pluralism: Beyond Culture Wars
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