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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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The Cultural Construction of Society

The Cultural Construction of Society

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(p.211) 6 The Cultural Construction of Society
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The Liberal Archipelago
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Chandran Kukathas (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019925754X.003.0007

This chapter argues that the purpose of the state is not to promote or foster liberal equality nor serve as the cultural architect or guardian of society. Its role is to serve as an umpire who attends to questions that arise in a society. It examines the idea that the state should pursue equality, and the view that ‘benign neglect’ is an implausible idea, embarrassed by the fact that the state cannot help but shape society.

Keywords:   state, equality, benign neglect

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