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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.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-7368-9 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-3945-6 (epub version)
War, Terrorism, Military violence, Modernity, Culture wars, Pluralisation, Integral pluralism, Ethical responsibilities, Carl Schmitt, Religious Right
Cultural History | International Relations | Military History | Politics and Social Change
Dallmayr, Fred, "Integral Pluralism: Beyond Culture Wars" (2010). International Relations. 31.