The Jury Talks Back

2/20/2009

Edward Feser and Tradition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 3:16 pm

Feser writes,

What is true is that conservatives tend to hold that the fact that a practice or belief is traditional should lead us to regard it as innocent until proven guilty, and to put the burden of proof on the innovator rather than on the upholder of tradition. To be sure, in some cases that burden can be easily met, and the guilt established quickly. Still, the fact that a practice or belief has survived for some time at least says something for it, and should make us at least cautious of discarding it glibly. This is not dogmatism but simply common sense

In the body of the post he investigates how an evalution of a traditional set of beliefs might be approached.

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