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The problem with multiculturalism : the uniqueness and universality of Western civilization

Author: John M Headley
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, ©2012.
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"The horrors of the past century have done little to advance appreciation for the virtues of Western civilization. During the past several decades, criticism of the West has mounted, as the West itself has lost sight of its uniqueness. Westerners tend to endow other societies with the West{u2019}s liberal philosophy and practices, but while it may be politically profitable, among other things, it fails to educate  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John M Headley
ISBN: 9781412847629 1412847621
OCLC Number: 755080561
Description: xvi, 106 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Of civilization : origin and development of the term and the idea --
Secularization and the universalizing process --
Christianitas/civilization --
New meanings for the Renaissance and the Reformation --
Multiculturalism reconsidered --
Conclusion : on the meaning of America.
Responsibility: John M. Headley.

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"The horrors of the past century have done little to advance appreciation for the virtues of Western civilization. During the past several decades, criticism of the West has mounted, as the West itself has lost sight of its uniqueness. Westerners tend to endow other societies with the West{u2019}s liberal philosophy and practices, but while it may be politically profitable, among other things, it fails to educate these societies about the peculiar characteristics of their own civilizations. Thus, the West loses an opportunity to establish the idea of a common humanity, of human rights, and of the legitimacy of dissent and diversity. John Headley{u2019}s principal goal here is to establish the uniqueness and universality of the West then to critique multiculturalism{u2019}s failure to recognize these special characteristics. He looks to civilization rather than to the nation-state as he argues for this uniqueness, which was evident from the West{u2019}s very beginnings. Headley also seeks to advance the ever-contentious discussion about secularization. He sees secularization as a neutralizing force regarding the religions of other civilizations, allowing them to accept Western influence, which thus becomes universal. To understand secularization and how it operates from a naturalistic perspective, one must see civilization itself as a defining element in world affairs."--Publisher's description.

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