On the Prospects for a Liberal Theory of Recognition

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Multiculturalist theories of recognition consist of explanatory-descriptive social theoretical accounts of the position of the minorities whose predicaments the theories seek to address, together with normative principles generating political implications. Although theories of recognition are often based on illiberal principles or couched in illiberal-sounding language, it is possible to combine proper liberal principles with the kind of social theoretical accounts of minority groups highlighted in multiculturalism. The importance of ‘the social bases of self-respect' in Rawls's political liberalism is used to illustrate how a liberal theory of recognition might be constructed, and it is argued that such a theory can capture some, though not all, of the concerns of multiculturalism, even though the resulting ‘politics of recognition' is neither a ‘politics of difference' nor a kind of ‘identity politics'.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftRes Publica
Vol/bind11
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)325-348
ISSN1356-4765
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2005
Udgivet eksterntJa

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On the Prospects for a Liberal Theory of Recognition. / Lægaard, Sune.

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