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If Tradition is a phenomenal conversation that we perpetually undertake with our collective histories, going back to it will result in anachronism.



7 thoughts on “Persiflage

  1. I think you’re right about tradition, which is why I am sometimes suspicious of “conservative” political movements.

    But would you also grant that there’s a difference perhaps between simply “going back” to tradition and renewing tradition in light of new developments in our “phenomenal conversation”?

    Happy New Year!

  2. Not if one is able to disentangle the concept tradition from its presumable historicity, thus enabling one’s self to infer the tradition proper. As I see it, everything belonging to a category eventually becomes part of that category’s tradition. By category I mean the contextual construct of a particular tradition. It is obvious that what I call tradition proper is different than orthodoxy, in a religious context.

    A very happy new year to you as well.


  3. Hmm. Dunno if I agree with that.

    Sometimes the tradition itself contains principles of interpretation that establish a coherent methodology for dealing with future issues. Whether its the Constitution of the US or Usul al Fiqh, statutory interpretation is predicated upon a core set of principles. I don’t see the reliance upon tradition within this context as being an anachronism. But those are my thoughts, I could be wrong.

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