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POLI 320- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 23 pages long!)


Department
Political Sc
Course Code
POLI 320
Professor
Maxwell Silverman
Study Guide
Final

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Concordia
POLI 320
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Poli320 Class 1-
Chapter 1:
-The idea of tradition is an act of communication.
-Tradition as a concept is an act of transmission.
-These acts of communication and transmission are related to time but it is not
time that defines what is tradition.
-Pastness is required for tradition.
-New tradition state their claim in pastness.
-Traditio: is the act of handing off the ideas in tradition that is the creating of
tradition and not the laps of time. (need to be contextual)
-Tradition requires relevance to the culture.
-When the Roman empire adopted Christianity. Does that become part of their
tradition? Does this replace the old tradition?
-Massaging tradition: Anything done repeatedly over time, become tradition?
No it makes for a reflection of an existing tradition.
-Cannon fires on the British isles during WWI: why they would wait 3 seconds
between each fires? when asked, no one knew. Tradition?
-Network of tradition: constant exchange with a particular audience.
-Is tradition a catalyst for change?
-Tradition requires traditio. (communication & exchange)
-Received set of knowledge that is past down.
-A learned behaviour.
-A habit that become a tradition.
Chapter 2:
-What happens when a tradition encounters another?
-Tradition can’t really exist if they don't come in contact with other traditions.
-This other tradition becomes essential to the tradition. (relationship)
-Traditions identify themselves to other traditions.
-Memory is a key point of identity.
-Social context are often created by passing on the idea of memory.
(TRADITIO)
-Society is shaped and formed by the idea of passing knowledge. (TRADITIO)
-It is not the definition of race, religion, geography that makes for culture or
society. It is the transmission of knowledge. (TRADITIO)
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-Social construction: info adhered to by enough people for long enough to
achieve general recognition. Particular result of tradition or seen as tradition
itself.
-Nationality: its the traditions that are associated to ?
-Can tradition create epistemic new sets of beliefs to be part of the tradition.
-The key point of tradition, is the information that we filter in our daily lives.
-Why can’t you compare apples and oranges? it has been said that you can’t
because their very different. But he argues that the fact we say that is because
it probably already has been compared.
-The fact that we can come to conclusion on different traditions, theres always
room for comparisons.
-Universalizing: should tradition be seen as universalizing forces? they can’t.
They shouldn’t. As tradition is info and info is not itself dominating. info gives
us advice, but we have to decide what we do, given the situation.
-Tradition is the transfer of knowledge. it is inherently opposed to universalizing.
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