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Yao Xinzhong

took for granted in the past. In other words, ethical traditions, either old or new, have changed in the process of modernization and in the context of globalization. What does it mean for ethical traditions to change along with modernization? To answer this question, we must examine what we mean by

James Alexander

For G.S. (“Tradition!”). I Introduction We are more conscious of tradition now than we have ever been. The word is very old, and what it stands for even older. In a recent historical study of the term, Prickett tells us that a record of historical etymology such as the Oxford English

An Keon-Sang

primarily abstract and theoretical, assuming its approach has normative values. For example, in my experience none of the six models in Stephen Bevans’ Models of Contextual Theology ( 2003 :21–32) fit the situation of Ethiopia where I worked. The church tradition in the country has developed through a

Constructing Tradition

Means and Myths of Transmission in Western Esotericism


Andreas Kilcher

The question of constructing tradition, concepts of origin, and memory as well as techniques and practices of knowledge transmission, are central for cultures in general. In esotericism, however, such questions and techniques play an outstanding role and are widely reflected upon, in its literature. Esoteric paradigms not only understand themselves in elaborated mytho-poetical narratives as bearers of “older”, “hidden”, “higher” knowledge. They also claim their knowledge to be of a particular origin. And they claim this knowledge has been transmitted by particular (esoteric) means, media and groups. Consequently, esotericism not only involves the construction of its own tradition; it can even be understood as a specific form of tradition and transmission. The various studies of the present voume, which contains the papers of a conference held in Tübingen in July 2007, provide an overview of the most important concepts and ways of constructing tradition in esotericism.

Michael Lambek

To be an adherent of a tradition is always to enact some further stage in the development of one’s tradition. (MacIntyre 1988 :11) Epistemological Considerations Across the Disciplines I begin with two claims. 1 The first is that behind questions of methodology lie those of epistemology

Tradition on the Move

Emerging Acupuncture Practices in Contemporary South Korea

Taewoo Kim

globalising contexts. By illustrating emerging acupuncture therapies in South Korea, this study draws attention to non-modern theories and epistemology as indispensable forces to transform contemporary clinical practices of East Asian medicine. 9 Although emphasising East Asian tradition, this study does

Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky

explicitly following a long explication of the incarnations of Miriam’s Well in Jewish literature and tradition. The narrator admits there, with characteristic evasiveness. ‘that in the course of editing the book I will likely be compelled to cut this brutally, because it is liable to bore readers’ (p. 211

Diana T. Kudaibergenova

The article focuses on the frameworks of “re-traditionalization”—powerful and power-seeking discourses about one’s culture, nation, and traditions in the wake of globalization and growing nationalism. What happens when the state or society finds itself in a state of cultural and political

Vaia Touna

wanted to challenge the author or to applaud his claims, for I agree that his approach raises great issues on how previous scholarship was done and it opens new ways to approach studying the ancient world. For in my understanding, Hanges sets about to challenge well-established traditions in the approach

William Arnal

conception of being part of a broad movement (or institution, or ideology, or life-style); other groups may or may not refer to Jesus, and may or may not do so “correctly,” and this in turn may require or promote some form of exchange (of money, ideas, traditions, etc.), but none of this seems to carry with