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The Liberal ArchipelagoA Theory of Diversity and Freedom$
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Chandran Kukathas

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019925754X.001.0001

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Human Nature and Human Interests

Human Nature and Human Interests

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(p.41) 2 Human Nature and Human Interests
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DOI:10.1093/019925754X.003.0003

This chapter argues that while diversity may be a permanent feature of human societies, there is a core of human nature which can account for the patterns of human diversity. It defends a philosophical anthropology which asserts that ‘cultural difference is not an essential but only an incidental and transitional attribute of human beings’. Difference is not essential but circumstantial; when circumstances are similar, people will act and choose similarly. Since culture and the historical forms that human life has taken are of no value in themselves, what matters is man, who creates culture and whom culture serves.

Keywords:   human nature, diversity, philosophical anthropology, cultural difference, culture

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