The Liberal Duty to Recognize Cultures
8:2 Review of Constitutional Studies, 129-168, 2003
40 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2012
Date Written: 2003
The author argues that the dissonance between a liberal constitutional order and the recognition of diverse cultural communities is surmountable. He argues that there is a way of legitimating the application of liberal constitutional norms to non-liberal cultures provided that one assumes that all self-reproducing cultures are equally good. One can then reconcile the liberal duty to recognize cultures with constraints on cultural practices that are non-threatening.
Keywords: ethical life, living ethos, reconciliation story
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