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Beyond the Liberal Dilemma – Rights as Trumps, as Recognition and as Capability

Monica Mookherjee

in Women's Rights as Multicultural Claims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632794
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632794.003.0001
Beyond the Liberal Dilemma – Rights as Trumps, as Recognition and as Capability

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This chapter highlights the issues central to configuring women's rights as multicultural claims. It explains the need to respond to sati in terms of universal rights by focusing on Michael Walzer's theory of thin minimalism and argues that despite its advantages over standard liberal accounts of rights, it ultimately reinstates the dilemma typically constructed within this tradition. It evaluates recent approaches in liberal philosophy, particularly theories of recognition and capabilities, and concludes that neither theory provides the basis for an interest theory that responds to the debate over sati.

Keywords: women's rights; multicultural claims; sati; Michael Walzer; thin minimalism; universal rights; recognition; capabilities

Chapter.  9772 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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