A Provocation: Liberal Intellectuals, Universals, and Particulars
Why is it that many intelligent people—especially academics, but even many liberal intellectuals who believe in human rights and espouse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)—won’t generally acknowledge their belief in universal principles, or philosophical universals? I’ve been thinking about this for years, but haven’t yet come up with a solid answer. Of course hanging out with historians doesn’t really help—since we’re all circumstance this, context that, contingency this, situations matter, etc. It’s a great paradox.
What’s the solution? – TL