Global Ethics, Culture and Development
Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 5-21, 1999
14 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2011
Date Written: 1999
The report of the UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development, Our Creative Diversity, addresses how to meet cultural needs in the context of development. The report includes some questionable premises and leaves some dilemmas unresolved, partly due to its vagueness regarding the normative value of culture. Liberal contractualism is presented and defended as a plausible theory for addressing these dilemmas and structuring further debate. At least three issues in the report require modification: (a) Development should not be based on a `Western` conception of autonomous individuals, (b) Pluralism should be respected, but need not be applauded, and (c) The value of culture and belonging must be better expressed and argued.
Keywords: Culture, Ethics, Development, liberal contractualism
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