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What Can Philosophy Teach Us About Multiculturalism?*

  • Arthur Ripstein (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2010

Multiculturalism is an increasingly important topic for philosophers, largely because of the practical problems posed by diversity. Traditional political philosophy had little to say about cultural difference, taking the existence of a shared language and culture pretty much for granted. The multicultural societies of the contemporary world make such assumptions untenable. Traditional questions of fairness and sovereignty find hard cases in such policy issues as immigration, education, criminal law, and freedom of expression.

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Recognition and Cultural Membership,” Dialogue 34, 2 (Spring1995): 331–41.

Are There Any Cultural Rights?Political Theory, 20, 1 (1992): 105–39

“Cross Purposes” in Nancy Rosenblum , ed., Liberalism and the Moral Life (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989).

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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