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Is it attainable, given culturally incongruent views, to validate any universal criteria of habit? Is it attainable to enforce human rights in societies with no incorporating the assumption into their cloth of tradition? Is it attainable for cultural groups to outlive within the modern international with no rights safeguard? This booklet addresses questions like those within the mild of a creative and unique figuring out of tradition.

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If both x and anti-x can be justified by referring to the same culture, such justifications are uninteresting and hardly worthy of consultation by ethicists. This preliminary assessment means that culture understood as paradoxical informal knowledge has little normative ethical significance. 1 A breakdown of culture’s ethical significance Weak (Illumination) 28 Living with Cultural Paradoxes Secondly, a paradoxical body of informal knowledge cannot provide a strong or causal explanation of moral decisions by those raised in or identified with the relevant cultural community.

Cultural identity has always been historically fluid. 31 Two minority interpretations in two separate cultures may find more in common between them than with members of their own cultures. They may have 18 Living with Cultural Paradoxes similar experiences (knowledge) from living as dominated and repressed minorities. Now consider the third paradox. To recognize this paradox is to recognize profound changes in culture and new formation of culture and sub-cultures, local or hybrid (‘creole’), as well as historical continuity.

14 In this view, culture is the product of hybrid, ‘creolization’ of diverse views and practices. ‘Creolization’ is not merely a modern invention. Ancient cities, trade routes, and empires were the oldest social contexts, where traditions and customs mixed, and where people exchanged and 12 Living with Cultural Paradoxes transmitted goods and ideas. Globalization had started since Alexander the Great, since Damascus when it was a metropolitan trading post, since the Inquisition or the Ottoman Empire, and certainly since the Opium Wars and colonialism.

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