Liberalism, Equality, and Cultural Oppression / Edition 1

Liberalism, Equality, and Cultural Oppression / Edition 1

by Andrew Kernohan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521627532

ISBN-13: 9780521627535

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Liberal political philosophy emphasizes the benefits of membership in a cultural group and, in the opinion of this challenging new book, neglects its harmful, oppressive aspects. Andrew Kernohan argues that an oppressive culture perpetuates inegalitarian social meanings and false assumptions about who is entitled to what. Cultural pollution causes a harm to…  See more details below

Overview

Liberal political philosophy emphasizes the benefits of membership in a cultural group and, in the opinion of this challenging new book, neglects its harmful, oppressive aspects. Andrew Kernohan argues that an oppressive culture perpetuates inegalitarian social meanings and false assumptions about who is entitled to what. Cultural pollution causes a harm to fundamental interests in self-respect and knowledge of the good that is diffuse, insidious, and unnoticed. This harm is analogous to environmental pollution, and though difficult to detect, is nonetheless just as real. The book's conclusion is that a liberal state committed to the moral equality of persons must accept a strong role in reforming our cultural environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521627535
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgments; 1. Equality, tolerance, and cultural oppression; 2. Liberalism and the epistemology of value; 3. The moral equality of persons; 4. Neutrality and the harm principle; 5. Liberalism and the reform of culture; Conclusion; Notes.

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