Poli320 Class 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.
-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.
-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)