Culture, moral topographies, and interactive personhood

This article draws on hermeneutics and interactivism to challenge the prevailing dichotomization of culture/self and fact/value by proposing a theoretical perspective that culture provides a moral framework in which people are embedded and that cultural values and assumptions are distributed across different levels of knowing. I then address the problems of relativism raised by the claim that cultures are different moral topographies, and consider how hermeneutic dialogue is a way of working towards "truth without certainty." I conclude by suggesting that mindfulness and contemplative practices offer tangible ways of fostering the openness required for hermeneutic dialogue and cultural learning. 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
Keywords culture   moral topography   interactivism   hermeneutics   cultural values   personhood
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