Contextualism, Constitutionalism, and Modus Vivendi Approaches

CULTURAL PLURALISM AND POLITICAL THEORY, Anthony Laden and David Owen, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2005

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Jacob T. Levy

McGill University - Department of Political Science

Abstract

This paper examines the turn to contextualism in the political theory literature on multiculturalism and minority rights. It distinguishes several, partly-incompatible, senses in which political theory can make use of cases and context, including some that may be distinctively appropriate to the study of cultural diversity. It argues that there is something importantly distinctive in this trend in the literature, but that it is not wholly novel - a return, rather than simply a turn, toward social facts and away from pure moral theory in thinking about justice.

Keywords: multiculturalism, contexturalism, constitutionalism, modus vivendi, political theory, political philosophy, cultural diversity, cultural pluralism

Suggested Citation

Levy, Jacob T., Contextualism, Constitutionalism, and Modus Vivendi Approaches. CULTURAL PLURALISM AND POLITICAL THEORY, Anthony Laden and David Owen, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=851906

Jacob T. Levy (Contact Author)

McGill University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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