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Equal RecognitionThe Moral Foundations of Minority Rights$
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Alan Patten

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159379

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159379.001.0001

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Why Does Culture Matter?

Why Does Culture Matter?

(p.69) Chapter 3 Why Does Culture Matter?
Equal Recognition

Alan Patten

Princeton University Press

The account of culture in Chapter 2 sets the stage for an account of why culture matters to people. Why is it a bad thing for one's culture to disappear, or for one to be denied the opportunity to participate in some cultural practice? This chapter takes up this question and develops an account of why culture matters that is salient to the strong cultural rights thesis. The thought is that it is bad for people to lose their culture, or to be denied certain cultural opportunities, because the options that are open to them are thereby diminished in an unacceptable way. Any account of this form is vulnerable to a dilemma, and an important implication of the dilemma is that strong cultural rights should not be thought of as rights to cultural preservation.

Keywords:   culture, cultural rights, cultural preservation

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