Yaacov Yadgar

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Noting the prevalence of a misguided suspicion towards tradition, as well as an overt misunderstanding of the very notion of tradition in certain academic circles, this essay seeks to outline some of the basic tenets of an alternative understanding of tradition, based on a 'sociological' reading of several major philosophical works. It does so by revisiting and synthesizing some well-known, highly influential conceptual arguments that, taken together, offer a compelling, comprehensive interpretation and understanding of tradition, which manages to avoid and overcome the false dichotomies that have dominated social-scientific thought. The article offers three corresponding analogies that capture the complex nature of tradition: tradition as language, tradition as narrative, and tradition as horizon. It then goes on to discuss the main implications these analogies carry to our understanding of tradition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-470
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • A. MacIntyre
  • Charles Taylor
  • HG Gadamer
  • Historicity
  • Horizons
  • Language
  • Liberty
  • Modernity
  • Narrative
  • Tradition


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