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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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.

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

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