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The New Debate Over Minority Rights

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240981.003.0002
The New Debate Over Minority Rights

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The ongoing philosophical debate over minority rights has three distinct stages. The first stage views minority rights as a communitarian defence against the encroachment of liberalism. The second stage revolves around the question: what is the possible scope for minority rights within liberal theory? The third stage views minority rights as a response to majority nation-building, rather than a deviation from ethnocultural neutrality.

Keywords: minority rights; liberalism; liberal democracy; nation building; ethnocultural neutrality

Chapter.  10307 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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