David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 (2):133-146 (2004)
Contextualist moral philosophers criticise hands-off liberal theories of justice for abstracting from the cultural context in which people make choices. Will Kymlicka and Joseph Carens, for example, demonstrate that these theories are disadvantageous to cultural minorities who want to pursue their own way of life. I argue that Pierre Bourdieu's critique of moral reason radicalises contextualist moral philosophy by giving it a sociological turn. In Bourdieu's view it is not enough to provide marginalised groups or subgroups with equal access to public institutions and specific cultural rights—in some cases this may in fact be detrimental. He contends that scientists, politicians and other intellectuals have a duty to take seriously the social presuppositions of free deliberate choice and public opinion and to support cultural minorities with instruments to liberate themselves from their often precarious situation.
|Keywords||class contextualist ethics cultural minorities equality ethos group-differentiated rights moral philosophy Pierre Bourdieu public sphere social science|
|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
Bret Chandler (2010). The “Public” and “its” Ignorance: Reply to Wisniewski and Fenster. Critical Review 22 (1):85-96.
Similar books and articles
Jan Van Der Stoep (2004). Towards a Sociological Turn in Contextualist Moral Philosophy. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 (2):133 - 146.
David Gartman (2002). Bourdieu's Theory of Cultural Change: Explication, Application, Critique. Sociological Theory 20 (2):255-277.
Mark Timmons (1999). Morality Without Foundations: A Defense of Ethical Contextualism. Oxford University Press.
Martin Montminy (2008). Contextualist Resolutions of Philosophical Debates. Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5):571-590.
Bart van Leeuwen (2006). Social Attachments as Conditions for the Condition of the Good Life? A Critique of Will Kymlicka's Moral Monism. Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (3):401-428.
Alastair Norcross (2005). Contextualism for Consequentialists. Acta Analytica 20 (2):80-90.
Ram Neta (2002). S Knows That P. Noûs 36 (4):663–681.
Frederic Vandenberghe (1999). "The Real is Relational": An Epistemological Analysis of Pierre Bourdieu's Generative Structuralism. Sociological Theory 17 (1):32-67.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #169,941 of 1,101,077 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #115,886 of 1,101,077 )
How can I increase my downloads?