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Xenophilia, Difference, and Indifference: Dialogical Introduction II

Xenophilia, Difference, and Indifference: Dialogical Introduction II Symposium: X en ophili a, P art 4 XENOPHILIA, DIFFERENCE, AND INDIFFERENCE Dialogical Introduction II Jeffrey M. Perl Benoît Fliche, to whom I am grateful for this exchange of views, implies that the indifference toward religious differences on the part of exopractitioners should rank lower than xenophilia in the hierarchy of irenic affects. He raises the issue, seeing as, in this journal, the primary interest in exopraxis, about which he writes with rare knowledge of primary sources, involves its irenic motivations and con- sequences. Exopraxis and xenophilia are only our latest excuses to broach the topic of affects and attitudes that, although widely spurned, tend to have irenic outcomes. Over the past quarter century, in these pages, ambivalence, “antipoli- tics,” quietism, stoicism, sophistry, casuistry, pharisaism, apathy, cosmopolitan- ism, “gnostic diplomacy,” ecumenism, syncretism, “comparative relativism,” anarchism, skepticism, perspectivism, constructivism, de- differentiation, “fuzzy logic,” pensiero debole and Verwindung, “unsocial thought,” detachment, humility, cowardice, caritas, and well- motivated obnubilation have all come in for cordial scrutiny. Xenophilia, as I have had cause to remark before in this space, is easily confused — and not just by observers but by practitioners as well — with exoticism, which for some practitioners may be a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

Xenophilia, Difference, and Indifference: Dialogical Introduction II

Common Knowledge , Volume 24 (2) – Apr 1, 2018

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Symposium: X en ophili a, P art 4 XENOPHILIA, DIFFERENCE, AND INDIFFERENCE Dialogical Introduction II Jeffrey M. Perl Benoît Fliche, to whom I am grateful for this exchange of views, implies that the indifference toward religious differences on the part of exopractitioners should rank lower than xenophilia in the hierarchy of irenic affects. He raises the issue, seeing as, in this journal, the primary interest in exopraxis, about which he writes with rare knowledge of primary sources, involves its irenic motivations and con- sequences. Exopraxis and xenophilia are only our latest excuses to broach the topic of affects and attitudes that, although widely spurned, tend to have irenic outcomes. Over the past quarter century, in these pages, ambivalence, “antipoli- tics,” quietism, stoicism, sophistry, casuistry, pharisaism, apathy, cosmopolitan- ism, “gnostic diplomacy,” ecumenism, syncretism, “comparative relativism,” anarchism, skepticism, perspectivism, constructivism, de- differentiation, “fuzzy logic,” pensiero debole and Verwindung, “unsocial thought,” detachment, humility, cowardice, caritas, and well- motivated obnubilation have all come in for cordial scrutiny. Xenophilia, as I have had cause to remark before in this space, is easily confused — and not just by observers but by practitioners as well — with exoticism, which for some practitioners may be a

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Published: Apr 1, 2018

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