Tradition, Doxicity, and the Order of Things

“The general pattern of order for political or religious purposes is established by a tradition, sometimes centuries old, and it is applied in each particular case by a master of ceremonies or other special agent. Those who participate in the reception or the procession are informed of their places in the order and are expected to stay or move when and where the pattern requires it. Every deviation is viewed as a disturbance of order and negatively valued by the agents who have made the arrangements.”

Florian Znaniecki, Cultural Sciences: Their Origin and Development

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What happens when the political and the religious are inseparably wed very early in the development of tradition? Is deviation then a disturbance of the political or the religious?  To what tradition do the recognized authorities, agents, or creators of order cling to with all of their sincere, heart-felt, and yet necessarily doxic notions of faith?

No one of sound discernment would question the purity of true conviction.  However, only one of limited discernment would fail to question the motives of those who would so quickly wed the political aspirations of man with the purposes of the Divine.

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One response to “Tradition, Doxicity, and the Order of Things

  1. Thanks for this. The quote though seems to lack a sense of tradition as an extended argument over time, an argument that uses words, words that even in their restatement are necessarily new given their new context. This would add a sense of openness to what Znaniecki says. Good use of doxic. 🙂

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