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Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Experience, and Ambiguity

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller


How can we order the world while still accepting its enduring ambiguities? This book suggests a new approach to the problem of ambiguity and social order, which goes beyond the default modern position of “notation” (resort to rules and categories to disambiguate). The book argues that alternative, more particularistic modes of dealing with ambiguity through ritual and shared experience better attune to contemporary problems of living with difference. It retrieves key aspects of earlier discussions of ambiguity evident in Rabbinic commentaries, Chinese texts, and Greek philosophical and dramati ... More

Keywords: ambiguity, boundaries, notation, ritual, experience, pluralism, empathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam B. Seligman, author
Boston University

Robert P. Weller, author
Boston University