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Multiculturalism: A Liberal Perspective

JOSEPH RAZ

in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260691.003.0008
Multiculturalism: A Liberal Perspective

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This chapter argues that the denial of multiculturalism in today's Western societies, far from keeping liberal ideas pure, leads to their degeneration into supermarket liberalism. First, it states briefly the liberal case for multiculturalism, and then deals with three objections. It offers some considerations that call on governments to take action beyond that required by policies of toleration and non-discrimination. The combined effect of such considerations and polices is that liberal multiculturalism leads not to the abandonment of a common culture, but to the emergence of a common culture which is respectful towards all the groups of the country, and hospitable to their prosperity.

Keywords: liberalism; multiculturalism; pluralism; liberal multiculturalism; tolerance; non-discrimination; common culture

Chapter.  10447 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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