Sunday, August 13, 2006

The New Culture Forum

I thought I would take a quick opportunity to plug the New Culture Forum. The forum was set up by Sunday Times journalist Peter Whittle and it's goal is to revive the national debate on matters of politics of culture. As the site says:

In the last quarter of the 20th century, the Right decisively won the important economic arguments. At the same time, few would demur from the view that in the so-called Culture Wars, the Left were ultimately victorious. More and more are dissatisfied with the effects of political correctness and cultural relativism. The New Culture Forum has been created with the aim of energising a much-needed national debate on culture and politics.

There is certainly something worthwhile in these goals. In recent years the rise of cultural and moral relativism as the default position for mainstream views is disturbing. It's particularly disturbing as Paul Feyerabend - the father of relativism - argued that his philosophy of science was not applicable to moral and cultural situations.

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