Edward Shils' theory of tradition

Jacobs, Struan 2007, Edward Shils' theory of tradition, Philosophy of the social sciences, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 139-162.

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Title Edward Shils' theory of tradition
Author(s) Jacobs, Struan
Journal name Philosophy of the social sciences
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 139
End page 162
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0048-3931
1552-7441
Keyword(s) tradition
transmission
rationalization
antitradition
science
Summary Edward Shils presented his book Tradition (1981) as the first extensive study of the subject. This article casts light on Shils' multifaceted understanding of tradition, comprising pragmatic, Burkean, veridical, and evolutionist perspectives. His typology of traditions is noted, and his view of institutional bearers of tradition described. In assessing Shils' theory, however, we find that it overreaches, collapsing differences that exist between traditions, transmissions, and the traditional.
Language eng
Field of Research 220319 Social Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007849

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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