Introduction: An emerging consensus? [Book Review]

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 1 (2):143-157 (1998)


This paper is an introduction to a special issue on Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Liberal Democracy. It attempts to describe the state of the debate on issues of multiculturalism and nationalism within liberal-democratic theory. I suggest that there may be an emerging consensus on liberal culturalism – the view that certain group-specific rights or policies aimed at recognizing or accommodating ethnic and national groups are legitimate so long as they operate within certain constraints of liberal justice. I explore the possible reasons for this emerging consensus (including the lack of clear alternatives), and conclude with some suggestions about the likely avenues for future research in this area.

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On Nationality.David Miller - 1995 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Liberal Nationalism.Yael Tamir - 1995 - Princeton University Press.

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