As in Social Imaginary…
I find the ideas of political philosopher Charles Taylor good to think with. Writing of liberal multicultural societies, Taylor takes the notion of recognition and suggests it has two possible manifestations – society can recognise cultural difference as part of a wider integrating process; it can promote selective elements of difference while disparaging or rejecting others, thus enfolding difference within a unified idea of the nation Alternatively, recognition of difference can be genuinely transformative. Taylor invokes the work of another philosopher, Hans-Georg Gadamer, to speak of a ‘fusion of horizons’ that might be realised if we are willing to open our existing liberal frames of value to other ways of seeing; laying the ground for a transformative interaction with other cultures and other forms of value.
“For Love and Money” Melinda Hinkson
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