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Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights

Alan Patten


Conflicting claims about culture are a familiar refrain of political life in the contemporary world. On one side, majorities seek to fashion the state in their own image, while on the other, cultural minorities press for greater recognition and accommodation. Theories of liberal democracy are at odds about the merits of these competing claims. Multicultural liberals hold that particular minority rights are a requirement of justice conceived of in a broadly liberal fashion. Critics, in turn, have questioned the motivations, coherence, and normative validity of such defenses of multiculturalism. ... More

Keywords: liberal democracy, multicultural liberals, minority rights, justice, liberal multiculturalism, liberal neutrality, language rights, secession, immigrant integration, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159379
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Patten, author
Princeton University