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By Adam K. Webb

ISBN-10: 0415953138

ISBN-13: 9780415953139

"Beyond the worldwide tradition battle" provides a cross-cultural critique of world liberalism and argues for a broad-based problem which may meet it by itself scale. Adam Webb is one among our most fun and unique younger students, and this booklet is bound to generate many new debates. This well timed quantity probes some of the key demanding situations we are facing within the new millennium. this can be crucial studying for all scholars of politics and globalization.

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Demoticism and perfectionism have molded and enriched billions of lives through history. The tension between them has propelled key debates in every culture. Each of these ethoses has two main pillars, around which all parts of its worldview cluster. For demots, they are (1) embeddedness in a community and a set of roles and duties, and (2) faith in the basic homogeneity of human nature. For perfectionists, they are (1) transcendence of a minority of people based on their special qualities or insights, and (2) some detachment from social roles and boundaries.

This involves being able to recognize oneself in other, equally committed virtuocrats. The medieval world around the Ikhwān, for example, was torn along sectarian lines. 49 Prophecy and philosophy might differ on an abstract level—one resting on revelation, the other on reason—but not in the self-understanding of people carrying out either mission. The Ikhwān put aside details to witness all virtuocrats, whether inspired or just thoughtful, in a wide mirror of themselves. They believed that this spiritual elite’s insights passed from teacher to teacher through the ages as a kind of inheritance.

So far, virtuocracy parallels the perfectionist sense of a true self that events and disorder cannot shake, an enduring set of qualities that define a virtuous life. But virtuocrats shift the focus slightly, to an integrity of moral perceptiveness. Plato’s philosopher-kings would contemplate “eternal and unchanging” truths in the universe. Then they could descend bearing those insights into an orderless world. Mencius put the matter as a stability of moral compass in adversity. 38 Unlike the perfectionist, the virtuocrat does not stop at contemplation or virtuous excellence for their own sake.

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