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Cultural Minority Rights and the Rights of the Majority in the Liberal State

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Abstract:

Traditional liberalism's blindness to cultural concerns has often come under fire, while so-called “liberal multiculturalism” (Taylor and Kymlicka) has made it its business to take a good look at the place of culture within liberal law. According to them, cultural minorities should be recognized. In my opinion, however, their proposals, in fact, almost entirely preclude the possibility that cultural minorities would receive recognition within liberal society. In what follows, I explain my view of these matters and, above all, argue for a more vital understanding of cultural minorities. This will entail presenting a comprehensive view of minority rights within liberal society.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9337.00090

Affiliations: Georgetown University, Department of Philosophy, Washington, D.C. 20057, USA.

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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