Creating a ‘Minimum Set of Resemblances’

Dipankar Gupta


Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI:
Creating a ‘Minimum Set of Resemblances’

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Intersubjectivity characterized by iso-ontology has made significant strides in many western societies. It is argued that when affirmative action draws inspiration from Emile Durkheim and L. T. Hobhouse, it is grounded on durable sociological principles and is, consequently, less dependent on altruism and selfishness, or forces of the will. Fraternity can only come about through a basic set of resemblances between citizens. A minimum set of resemblances comes into being when a democratic state establishes institutions that are open to all so that individuals can realize those potential skills in them that are considered to be socially valuable. Affirmative action is a deliberative exercise in reflective ethics. Caste representations do not wipe out the past, but give it an added lease of life.

Keywords: intersubjectivity; Emile Durkheim; L. T. Hobhouse; resemblances; affirmative action; caste representations

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Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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