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The Continuous Creativity Of Europe

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In this chapter, the author begins by clarifying that most of the resemblances revisionist scholars have found between the West and other advanced civilizations are economic in character, whereas most of the cultural traits they have dismissed as having no clear causal link to the development of the West are religious, legal, intellectual, and artistic in character. The term rise of the West, admittedly, tends to denote rise to global power or to modern growth. At the heart of Western modernity, the author suggests that the West is a cultural term without fixed geographical and ethnic boundaries, is the ideal of freedom, and the ideal of a critical, self-reflexive public culture. In prophetic Judaism, the righteous are made to feel hopeful that better times will be possible during their lifetime, even in the shadow of impending misfortunes.

Keywords:cultural poverty; prophetic Judaism; Western modernity



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