Chandran Kukathas

in The Liberal Archipelago

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257546
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599705 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory


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This introductory chapter puts forth the main thesis of this book, which addresses the question: what is the principled basis of a free society marked by cultural diversity and group loyalties? It argues that a free society is an open society, and thus, the principles that describe its nature must be those which admit the variability of human arrangements rather than fix or establish or uphold a determinate set of institutions within a closed order. This theory is contrasted with that of Canadian philosopher Will Kymlicka on liberalism. An overview of the chapters in this volume is presented.

Keywords: free society; cultural diversity; group loyalties; liberalism; Kymlicka

Chapter.  8422 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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