Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MacIntyre on liberalism as a tradition


For, notwithstanding its claim of breaking with tradition, liberalism itself, as MacIntyre further explains, evolved to become a tradition: "liberal theory is best understood, not at all as an attempt to find a rationality independent of tradition, but as itself the articulation of an historically developed and developing set of institutions and forms of activity....Like other traditions, liberalism has its set of authoritative texts, and its disputes over their interpretation." [14]
-Samira Haj, Reconfiguring Islamic Tradition: Reform, Rationality, and Modernity (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), 5.