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Introduction: Liberalism and the Dilemma of Public Education in Multicultural Societies

Walter Feinberg and Kevin McDonough

in Citizenship and Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199253661
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253668.003.0001
Introduction: Liberalism and the Dilemma of Public Education in Multicultural Societies

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In the first section of this introductory essay, the dilemma of public education in liberal multicultural societies is introduced, and the aim of this book is outlined. This is described as an examination of some of the fundamental philosophical issues that give rise to conflicting views on public education in order to shed light on questions of educational policy in liberal–democratic societies. In two further sections, the essay focuses on outlining the philosophical and educational contexts that unify the subsequent essays and together clarify the purpose of the book as a whole. The essay concludes with an overview of the book.

Keywords: educational issues; educational policy; liberal–democratic societies; liberalism; multicultural societies; multiculturalism; philosophical issues; public education

Chapter.  7963 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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