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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 5 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 5 Summary

Kallen used the phrase "cultural pluralism" in a book in 1924. However, this new theory seemed to foster prejudice and discrimination, because of the need to define cultures, which defined races. Another problem was that when cultures define themselves, the cultures eventually evolve and need to be redefined. This redefinition will lead to other cultures needed to redefine themselves and make changes. It was a never-ending cycle to keep each culture distinct from other cultures. Dewey believed that this prejudice and discrimination was just an evolutionary phase society needed to complete before it could get to the "new societal whole."

Part 5, Chapter 14 Pluralisms, Section 5 Analysis

Cultural pluralism has taken hold and created a whole new set of problems within society. However, the reader assumes that Dewey may be right. This is just the next step to the integration...

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