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Martha C. Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198289642.001.0001

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Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community

Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community

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(p.235) Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community
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Women, Culture, and Development
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Seyla Benhabib

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198289642.003.0010

Benhabib reconsiders aspects of the cultural relativism–universalism debate via sociological hypotheses regarding the reproduction and interdependence of cultures. After taking issue with relativist views that have neglected the existence of debate and opposition within traditional cultures, Benhabib builds on Richard Rorty's ethnocentric liberalism to argue that cultural views are not radically incommensurable with one another and that there is sufficient common ground among cultures to create a global dialogical community that transcends ethnocentric particularism.

Keywords:   cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, global dialogical community, Jean François Lyotard, Richard Rorty, sociology, universalism

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