David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):57-72 (2010)
According to the 'fragmentation objection' to multiculturalism, practices of cultural recognition undermine political stability, and this counts as a reason to be sceptical about the public recognition of minority cultures, as well as about multiculturalism construed more broadly as a public policy. Civic education programmes, designed to promote autonomy, toleration and patriotism, have been justified as a corrective to the fragmentary tendencies of multiculturalism. This paper distinguishes between two versions of the fragmentation objection, in order to evaluate this particular justification of civic education. The cultural fragmentation version of the objection emphasises the importance of a common identity and a shared sense of belonging for political stability, whilst the value fragmentation version of the objection emphasises the importance of shared values for political stability. It is argued that neither version of the objection successfully demonstrates that multiculturalism is incompatible with political stability. However, narrow versions of each objection provide reasons to favour the promotion of toleration in public schooling, and reasons to be sceptical about the promotion of patriotism. Meanwhile, justifications of the cultivation of autonomy must appeal to values other than political stability.
|Keywords||liberal nationalism civic education political liberalism multiculturalism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Georgina Tsolidis (2010). Simpson, His Donkey and the Rest of Us—Public Pedagogies of the Value of Belonging. Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (4):448-461.
Peter Baumann (2008). Contextualism and the Factivity Problem. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (3):580–602.
Beate Rössler (2002). Problems with Autonomy. Hypatia 17 (4):143-162.
Zanja Yudell (2010). Melia and Saatsi on Structural Realism. Synthese 175 (2):241-253.
Robert B. Talisse (2004). Does Public Ignorance Defeat Deliberative Democracy? Critical Review 16 (4):455-463.
Mathew Humphrey (2008). Environmentalism, Fairness, and Public Reasons. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 11 (2):177-192.
Micah Schwartzman (2004). The Completeness of Public Reason. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):191-220.
Kevin Vallier (2012). Liberalism, Religion And Integrity. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):149 - 165.
Blain Neufeld & Gordon Davis (2010). Civic Respect, Civic Education, and the Family. Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (1):94-111.
Michael Glanzberg (2005). Truth, Reflection, and Hierarchies. Synthese 142 (3):289 - 315.
Added to index2010-01-21
Total downloads30 ( #48,044 of 1,008,729 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #64,702 of 1,008,729 )
How can I increase my downloads?