Interkulturní boj o uznání
An intercultural struggle for recognition
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This paper is a contribution to the debate on intercultural dialogue, especially among Western, Confucian, and Islamic interpretations, presented in the volume An Intercultural Dialogue on Human Rights: Western, Islamic, and Confucian Perspectives that I edited last year. I stress the issue of mutual recognition among people from varying cultural backgrounds. I reply to Petr Bláha’s polemical analysis of my paper Preconditions of an Intercultural dialogue on Human Rights (which is part of the mentioned volume) and I concentrate on four themes which are the focus of Bláha’s analysis. These are, first, the topic of violence and human aggressivity, second, ahistorical explanation, third, criticism of my four models of cultural, political and other arrangements, and fourth, the macro-regional validity of the acceptance of democracy. I criticize, above all, the way Bláha gives up any attempt to solve the problems connected with violence.
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