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Strange Multiplicity

Strange Multiplicity
Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity


Part of The Seeley Lectures

  • Author: James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476942

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  • In the inaugural set of Seeley Lectures, the distinguished political philosopher James Tully addresses the demands for cultural recognition that constitute the major conflicts of today: supranational associations, nationalism and federalism, linguistic and ethnic minorities, feminism, multiculturalism and aboriginal self government. Neither modern nor post-modern constitutionalism can adjudicate such claims justly. However, by surveying 400 years of constitutional practice, with special attention to the American aboriginal peoples, Tully develops a new philosophy of constitutionalism based on dialogues of conciliation which, he argues, have the capacity to mediate contemporary conflicts and bring peace to the twenty-first century. Strange Multiplicity brings profound historical, critical and philosophical perspectives to our most pressing contemporary conflicts, and provides an authoritative guide to constitutional possibilities in a multicultural age.

    • Ambitious proposal from a major political thinker for a new kind of constitutionalism
    • Combines historical and contemporary analysis
    • Unique in that centred around the interpretation of a work of art
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521476942
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 139 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Demands for Constitutional Recognition:
    1. The constitutional question raised by the politics of cultural recognition: six examples and three similarities
    2. The mutual recognition of cultural diversity: three features of the common ground and three historical movements
    3. The spirit of Haida Gwaii as a symbol of the age of cultural diversity
    4. A constitutional dialogue in The spirit of Haida Gwaii
    Part II. Diversity and Contemporary Constitutionalism:
    5. Anwering the constitutional question: an outline
    6. Two languages of contemporary constitutionalism and the three schools of modern constitutionalism
    7. The challenge of post-modernism and cultural feminism
    8. The challenge of interculturalism
    Part III. The Historical Formation of Modern Constitutionalism: The Empire of Uniformity:
    9. Constitutions ancient and modern
    10. Seven features of modern constitutionalism
    11. Example of forging the seven features: Locke and Aboriginal peoples
    12. Vattel, Kant and their followers
    13.The reform of diversity in Europe and the colonies
    14. The American revolution and the guardians of empire today
    Part IV. The Historical Formation of Common Constitutionalism: The Rediscovery of Cultural Diversity, Part I:
    15. The hidden constitutions of contemporary societies
    16. Understanding constitutionalism: Wittgenstein and Hale
    17. Examples of the three conventions: the Aboriginal and common-law system and the conventions of mutual recognition and consent
    18. The Aboriginal and common law system and the convention of continuity
    19.The Aboriginal and common law system and constitutional dialogue
    Part V. The Historical Formation of Common Constitutionalism: The Rediscovery of Cultural Diversity. Part II:
    20. Diverse federalism and the conventions of mutual recognition, continuity and consent
    21. Diverse federalism and continuity: the Québec act and the ancient constitution
    22. Diverse federalism, the three conventions and the American revolution
    23. The modern attack on diverse federalism: the Durham report and its followers
    24. Linguistic minorities and the three conventions: the form of reasoning appropriate to mutual recognition and accommodation
    25. Intercultural citizens, gender differences and the three conventions
    Part VI. Constitutionalism in an Age of Cultural Diversity:
    25. A summary of contemporary constitutionalism
    26. Replies to four objections to contemporary constitutionalism
    27. Two public goods of contemporary constitutionalism: belonging and critical freedom
    Conclusion: the philosophy and practice of contemporary constitutionalism

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    James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia

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