The Power of Traditionalism

Written from an Orthodox perspective, the article below, which appears on the website of Public Orthodoxy from Fordham University in the United States, has more than a few resonances with contemporary Catholic debates.

My thesis is very simple: the use of the word “traditionalist” and its derivative forms (“Orthodox morality,” “traditional values”) is philosophically untenable, i.e., it’s wrong. Why? Because we are all traditionalists. How? Because it is impossible to exist as a human being without tradition. Put another way, traditionless existence is impossible. Put yet another way, humans exists not simply in and through, but as tradition.

Aristotle Papanikolaou

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