Eamonn Callan

in Creating Citizens

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292586
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598913 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory


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Canvasses some of the ineradicable obstacles to success in liberal democratic civic education. The persistence of unreasonable pluralism in any society is the most obvious obstacle; another is the permanent fact of reasonable pluralism; and finally, the tension between the ‘rational’ and the ‘reasonable’ in the lives of ordinary citizens would be an inevitable source of failure even if these other two could be surmounted.

Keywords: civic education; democracy; liberalism; political education; reasonable pluralism; unreasonable pluralism

Chapter.  1331 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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