Traditions and True Successors

Social Epistemology 27 (1):32 - 46 (2013)
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David-Hillel Ruben
Birkbeck College
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What constitutes numerically one and the same tradition diachronically, at different times? This question is the focus of often violent dispute in societies. Is it capable of a rational resolution? Many accounts attempt that resolution with a diagnosis of ambiguity of the disputed concept-Islam, Marxism, or democracy for example. The diagnosis offered is in terms of vagueness, namely the vague criteria for sameness or similarity of central beliefs and practices.
Keywords tradition  essentially contested concepts  true succession
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DOI 10.1080/02691728.2012.760661
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