The Drama of Western Identity
By David R. Gress
This article appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of The Independent Review
Modernitycharacterized by science, democracy, and capitalismmay have first arisen in the West, but that does not make it identical to Western civilization. Pundits who equate modernity with Westernization overlook the likelihood that the non-West is adapting the universals of modernity to the particulars of it own cultural legacies.