Liberalism and the Politics of (Multi)Culture: or, Plurality is not Difference

Seth, Sanjay. 2001. Liberalism and the Politics of (Multi)Culture: or, Plurality is not Difference. Postcolonial Studies, 4(1), pp. 65-77. ISSN 13688790 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Liberalism and culture are not normally words which one juxtaposes, for it is
thought to be a hallmark of liberalism precisely that it is impervious to culture,
just as it is blind to colour, sex and creed. Yet while it may be liberal to ‘bracket’ culture, to treat it as morally irrelevant, liberalism is itself a product of a time,
place and culture. It was born in and of the West. For most of its history, the
paradox that this gives rise to—namely that liberalism proclaims the values
which define it to be of universal provenance, despite their parochial origins—
has not constituted a problem for liberalism.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790120046889

Keywords:

liberalism, discovery, liberty, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, multiculturalism, communitarian, plurality, difference

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2001Published

Item ID:

1908

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 12:31

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1908

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