Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community

Seyla Benhabib

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community

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Benhabib reconsiders aspects of the cultural relativism–universalism debate via sociological hypotheses regarding the reproduction and interdependence of cultures. After taking issue with relativist views that have neglected the existence of debate and opposition within traditional cultures, Benhabib builds on Richard Rorty's ethnocentric liberalism to argue that cultural views are not radically incommensurable with one another and that there is sufficient common ground among cultures to create a global dialogical community that transcends ethnocentric particularism.

Keywords: cultural relativism; ethnocentrism; global dialogical community; Jean François Lyotard; Richard Rorty; sociology; universalism

Chapter.  10426 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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