Traditions and True Successors

Social Epistemology 27 (1):32 - 46 (2013)
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Abstract

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.

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David-Hillel Ruben
Birkbeck, University of London

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