Understanding Cultural Traditions Through Types of Thinking

  • David B. Zilberman
  • Robert S. Cohen
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 102)


The plurality of cultural universes is readily admitted in the sciences of culture as a fact of elementary evidence. This readiness is confirmed by the unfading popularity of linguistic relativism, and, from time to time, new developments in comparative philosophy and cognitive or symbolic anthropology add fresh proofs to the same belief. What remains problematic, however, is the general methodological possibility of representing the corresponding investigatory perspective as a unitary cultural fact sui generis, among those that constitute the scientific tradition. In the meantime, a fact of this kind can be interpreted specifically only if interlocked in a definite procedure accounting for the above-mentioned elementary and indispensable plurality.


Cultural Tradition Inertial Frame Chapter VIII Mystical Experience Phenomenological Reduction 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Zilberman
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA

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