radical middle

Mon, 27 Feb 1995 09:20:23 EDT

while i agree with the critics that a plea for agreement on basic
values, and core ideas, etc is probably not possible in this post-
modern moment in the social sciences generally, i think it is
possible following, the work of seyla benhabib, to search for
agreement about the terms of intellectual and ethical conversations
about the differences that separate not only scholars but others as
well. the search for a grand synthesis is a modernist conceit, the
search for a dialogical mode of theory building, ethical disourse or
what have you seems both postmodernist and possible, and perhaps,
importantly true to one of the great metanarratives in modernist
anthropology, that of cultural relativism. cheers, eja