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[Xmca-l] Re: Thoughts on culture & liberty



On 10 February 2015 at 02:01, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <pmocombe@mocombeian.com>
wrote:

> Huw,
>
> If max weber is correct, in terms of the protestant ethic giving rise to
> the spirit of capitalism and the ever-increasing rationalization of western
> society, "it make sense to describe a
> dogmatic society, or a[n] institution run by administrators, as a
> [socioreligious] culture!"
>
>
Do you mean the protestant work ethic, Paul?  Perhaps you (or Weber) are
conflating protestant with WASP?

Huw



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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Huw Lloyd <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com>
> Date: 02/09/2015  8:49 PM  (GMT-05:00)
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
> Subject: [Xmca-l]  Thoughts on culture & liberty
>
> I'm not sure if this is related to Paul's inquiry.
>
> I have been considering some of the fundamentals and prerequisites for
> developmental education and related issues.  In his articles, Vladimir
> Zinchenko refers to culture as that which fosters (and stimulates)
> psychological development.  It seems to me that Zinchenko includes "liberal
> relations" within this remit, e.g. to delegate responsibility and authority
> in equal measure, relations of trust, zpd dynamics, an open regard for
> possibilities and encouragement for independent thinking -- the sort of
> interpersonal regard that may be summed up as a regard for liberty.
>
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but are these relations not the essence of culture
> as opposed to, say, the man made parts of the environment or the collective
> memories of a society etc?  For example, does it make sense to describe a
> dogmatic society, or a institution run by administrators, as a culture?
> Might it not, actually, be more correct to describe it by its relative
> absence of culture?
>
> Huw
>
>