The term functionalism has come to describe an eclectic mix of social theory and methodological approaches to culture.In many ways, it is a useful and fruitful term to describe a variety of approaches that share a common theme: the notion that culture is constructed through the interactions of individuals and their communities, and that the individual's contribution to culture is a form of knowled...
The story of how the West got to where it is, with a pluralist society, is one that has been thoroughly studied by many scholars.
In this new book, Pluralist Theory, historian of the west John McWhorter argues that there was no natural reason for the West to become pluralistic, as it had always been an Anglo-Saxon, Christian civilization.
He goes on to point out that, despite its success, pluralism did not lead to a better life.
It was an Anglo Saxon civilization that was in need of reform.
The new book is an exploration of the various ways in which the West became more pluralistic.
Pluralists believe that our human nature can be improved by making us more plural, that it is the nature of our humanity to be open to new experiences, that we are better when we are in a communal situation.
This leads to a natural progression toward greater diversity.
Plurality is a way to be a good human being.
McWhorters book was recently adapted into a film by the same name, produced by HBO.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former editor of the Academy of Management Review and a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a nonprofit research institute.
Mcwhorter is also a founding editor of The American Scholar, a journal that publishes research on the life and thought of the founding fathers, including George Washington.
In the book, he explores the ways in that the founding of the U.S. and the American Civil War led to a change in our culture, the ways we are divided by geography, the way we are more prone to violence, the impact of globalization, and the rise of the new global empire.
In addition to the book itself, Pluralspluralist: The History of Pluralistic Thought offers essays, chapters, and videos on topics ranging from how the Founding Fathers changed the American nation to how the U,S.A. became a global superpower.
Plurspluralists are a subset of pluralists who think that our differences are natural and that we can be more just if we all become more plural.
The book is part of a new series of conferences that will be held throughout the year.
The first of these is in February.
This article appeared in the January 18, 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine.