The Honor-Based Society, Past and Present


This paper asserts that honor-based peoples have and maintain a distinct cultural identity that is valid for at least eighty-five percent of the world population. It is necessarily considered relative to dignity-based societies which make up the other fifteen percent. Practically all dignity-based cultures originated during the Enlightenment; modern honor-based groups will oftentimes through diffusion manifest some dignity-based traits or observe fewer of the traditional honor-based features. This paper will survey both traditional and modern forms of the honor-based culture.


honor, dignity, worth, respect, acceptance, trust, faith, merit, inherency

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Herrman, Charles. “The Honor-Based Society, Past and Present.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 1 (2023):  81-102. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0006.


Charles Herrman
Independent Scholar


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