David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Over the last twenty years, liberal thinkers have invested a great deal of effort in adapting liberal political theory to the multicultural condition. The central question that has occupied these thinkers is how a liberal state ought to treat cultural practices of non-liberal groups living within it. One major group of thinkers insists that it is incumbent on the liberal state to make sure that autonomy, together with some other central liberal values, are made part of the lives of all the citizens living in the state. Another major group holds that it is the function of the liberal state to serve as framework for the peaceful co-existence of people who have diverse conceptions of the good life. These thinkers therefore call for "restraint" on the part of the state in its relations with non-liberal groups. This Article wishes to go beyond these two approaches. It is motivated by the conviction that the only standards that a liberal state can invoke in its relations with non-liberal groups are universal standards, i.e., standards that can be viewed, to the utmost extent possible, as transcending any particular culture, and that can be applied not only to non-liberal cultures, but to the culture of the mainstream liberal society itself. The Article puts forth a series of considerations that must be taken into account when intervention on the part of a liberal state in cultural practices of non-liberal groups is considered. It also sets forth two proposals as to the standards that need to guide the liberal state in cases in which it considers intervention in cultural practices of groups living in it: the doctrine of human rights (and the concept of human dignity that stands at its core) and the concept of humanness.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Erol Kuyurtar (2007). Are Cultural Group Rights Against Individual Rights? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:51-59.
Todd C. Hughes & Lester H. Hunt (2000). The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms. Public Affairs Quarterly 14 (1):1-25.
Raymond Plant (2009). The Neo-Liberal State. OUP Oxford.
Leszek Kolakowski (1993). On the Practicability of Liberalism: What About the Children? Critical Review 7 (1):1-13.
Ranjoo Seodu Herr (2008). Cultural Claims and the Limits of Liberal Democracy. Social Theory and Practice 34 (1):25-48.
Daniel Augenstein (2010). Tolerance and Liberal Justice. Ratio Juris 23 (4):437-459.
George Crowder (2007). Two Concepts of Liberal Pluralism. Political Theory 35 (2):121 - 146.
Kristian Skagen Ekeli (2012). The Political Rights of Anti-Liberal-Democratic Groups. Law and Philosophy 31 (3):269-297.
Tim Nieguth (1999). Privilege or Recognition? The Myth of State Neutrality. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (2):112-131.
Matthew J. Webb (2006). Is There a Liberal Right to Secede From a Liberal State? TRAMES 10 (4):371-386.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads5 ( #226,421 of 1,101,181 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #290,806 of 1,101,181 )
How can I increase my downloads?