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Culture, Choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public Square

Meira Levinson

in The Demands of Liberal Education

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250448
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599750 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250448.003.0005
 Culture, Choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public Square

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Analyses the relationships between cultural coherence, cultural pluralism, civic education, and autonomy. Section 4.1 argues that the skills, habits, values, and beliefs that underlie the capacity for autonomy also underlie the capacity for citizenship; hence, education for citizenship and for autonomy are mutually reinforcing. Section 4.2 develops an ‘English’ model of political liberal education, contrasting it with an ‘American’ model developed in Section 4.3 and a ‘French’ model in Section 4.4. Section 4.5 concludes that all of these political liberal models of education, which attempt in different ways to balance cultural coherence and civic virtue without promoting autonomy, are inferior—on both theoretical and empirical grounds—to weakly perfectionist liberal education.

Keywords: autonomy; citizenship; civic education; cultural coherence; England; France; liberal education; pluralism; political liberalism; USA

Chapter.  14734 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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