Res Publica 10 (1):43-67 (2004)

Authors
Jonathan Quong
University of Southern California
Abstract
This paper addresses the problem of disputed cultural practices within liberal, deliberative democracies, arguing against the currently dominant view, advocated by Susan Okin among others, that such problems represent a fundamental tension between two liberal values: gender equality and cultural autonomy. Such an approach, I argue, requires the state to render normative judgements about conceptions of the good life, something which is both arbitrary and unfair in societies characterised by reasonable pluralism. Disputed practices, I claim, are defined by the existence of reasonable disagreement over their legitimacy, which means they need to be resolved in a way that abstains from morally evaluating the religious or cultural doctrines of the group in question. The paper therefore articulates a cost-based approach to such problems. The cost-based approach focuses our conceptual attention on the sorts of publicly identifiable costs that any state decision will have on the various parties to a dispute. By restricting itself to public reasons, this method thereby avoids arbitrarily privileging certain conceptions of the good at the expense of others when determining the boundaries of reasonable pluralism.
Keywords group rights  minorities  multiculturalism  public reason  reasonable pluralism  Susan Moller Okin
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1023/B:RESP.0000018145.60327.e2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,999
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Cultural Exemptions, Expensive Tastes, and Equal Opportunities.Jonathan Quong - 2006 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (1):53–71.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
35 ( #292,482 of 2,410,437 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #540,320 of 2,410,437 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes