Classical Liberalism is what got us here. Can it still get us out?
From my perspective, most of philosophy simply--thus far--follows. Classical liberalism lead right straight to the scientific method, attempts to understand human thought and behavior, attempts to apply the lessons of science to philosophy itself, theories of language, nature v nurture, imposition of cultural change in order to remake human behavior, etc. The Enlightenment was a natural follower of the rule of kings, the rights and privileges lords, the individual nature of being, the extension of liberty to broader and broader populations, the identification of remaining oppression categories; it all chases it's way through history back to the ancients, even. It seems like we're here because we were bound to get here.
I can't figure out the next step. We NEED tradition, local communities, meaningful (a)vocation, a collective to care about and draw support from. We're freaking made to rely on such for our own basic well-being, and yet the modern circumstance divides us up into interests groups, consumer groups, economic units, and then it casts us about the globe in no real way remaining connected. It really quite mystifying how we get to a next stage of humans, being. I mean, right now we seem to have multiple cultures going on at once, at varying stages of development, no matter where you look. In some people we are still tribes and clans, in some we're universalists. Some of us still dwell in a world of revelation and others are so stuck on materialism they doubt the very idea that Truths may be inspired rather than measured. Some deny even that Truth may be knowable at all.
What we're missing right now is any thought about how to incorporate the modern world and science into animals who not too many generations ago were still living in much the same way as their ancient ancestors. We're not evolved for air conditioning, but we're often no longer adapted to being without it. We're also not evolved for the modern age of rapid change, but we haven't come up with ways to adapt to the fact that we don't all share the same degree of tolerance for change. In another post I asked if philosophy has stalled. Maybe that's the wrong question. Can philosophy adapt to reality quickly enough to prevent our varying cultural stages from going to war before they're integrated into a tolerable social order?