The Dignity of Difference : How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, Paperback Book

The Dignity of Difference : How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations Paperback

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks presents a proposal for reframing the terms of this important debate.

The first major statement by a Jewish leader on the ethics of globalization, it introduces a new paradigm into the search for co-existence.

Sacks argues that we must do more than search for common human values.

We must also learn to make space for difference, even and especially at the heart of the monotheistic imagination.

The global future will call for something stronger than earlier doctrines of toleration or pluralism.

It needs a new understanding that the unity of the Creator is expressed in the diversity of creation.;Sacks argues that this new thinking also sheds fresh light on the global challenges of an age of unprecedented change: economic inequality, environmental destruction, the connection between information technology and human dignity, and the structures of civil society.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780826468505



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This is short book, only 200 pages, but in thatose pages he manages to bring to light very large concepts indeed. He discusses the differences that keep us apart as peoples when actually the differences should be celebrated, even taken as the basic goals for our knowing each other. Things such a tribalism, wealth, power and knowledge interfere with this goal of differences being used to attain a further goal of knowing each other. Chapters cover each area separating us and what con be done to bring us together but maintain our own identity. Thie book should be read more than once to get a full appreciation of what it is saying.

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I read this my freshman year in college, and I don't recall a single essay I turned in for a common core class that I didn't quote or otherwise reference this book. It was PERFECT!

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