Culture, Religion, and Education: A Multicultural Analysis of Amartya Sen’s Identity and Violence

Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 2008

Posted: 4 Nov 2009 Last revised: 27 Nov 2009

Stephen T. O'Hanlon

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Camden; Temple University

Date Written: November 4, 2009

Abstract

This paper discusses two aspects of Amartya Sen’s multicultural thesis that are problematic. First, this paper contends that Sen’s cultural pluralism may not fully account for the importance that particular people attach to culture. This paper does not rehearse multicultural critiques of liberalism. Instead, it argues that liberalism and proper respect for culture should, on the whole, be coincident. Second, this paper assesses Sen’s arguments against religious schooling in the United Kingdom and argues that such schooling is not as problematic as Sen contends.

Suggested Citation

O'Hanlon, Stephen T., Culture, Religion, and Education: A Multicultural Analysis of Amartya Sen’s Identity and Violence (November 4, 2009). Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1499843

Stephen T. O'Hanlon (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Camden ( email )

Camden, NJ 08102
United States

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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