• Conservative defense of tradition has failed due to the disruptive nature of technological change.
  • Technological society has dissolved the contexts in which traditions once thrived, making them obsolete.

Key terms:

  • Burkean respect: A reverence for the hard-won wisdom of the organic social order.
  • Technological society: A society constantly revolutionizing production and transforming social conditions.
  • Tradition: A set of customs, beliefs, and practices passed down through generations.
  • Human flourishing: The development of human potential and the pursuit of a meaningful, fulfilling life.
  • Telos: The ultimate aim or purpose of something.


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