The West: Between Open Society and Clashing Civilizations

Czlowiek W Kulturze 26:173-186 (2016)

Pawel Tarasiewicz
Adler-Aquinas Institute, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA
The article aims to show that by its very nature Western civilization is well suited for making a significant contribution to build the open society based on intercivilizational dialogue. In the age of global migration, there is an obvious need for developing tools which would effectively transform the threat of a clash of civilizations into a creative dialogue between them. As a civilization of the dialogue, Western civilization seems to be an ideal instrument to meet that need. The article raises the following questions: Is there any connection between the idea of the open society and the heritage of Western civilization? Is liberal education an adequate means to resolve the paradoxes of the open society? Why is the West an arena for the clash of civilizations?
Keywords Migration  Dialogue  Thomistic Personalism  Civilization  Open Society  Liberal education  the West  Clash of Civilizations
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