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Creating CitizensPolitical Education and Liberal Democracy$
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Eamonn Callan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292589.001.0001

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(p.221) 9 Conclusion
Creating Citizens

Eamonn Callan (Contributor Webpage)

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Canvasses some of the ineradicable obstacles to success in liberal democratic civic education. The persistence of unreasonable pluralism in any society is the most obvious obstacle; another is the permanent fact of reasonable pluralism; and finally, the tension between the ‘rational’ and the ‘reasonable’ in the lives of ordinary citizens would be an inevitable source of failure even if these other two could be surmounted.

Keywords:   civic education, democracy, liberalism, political education, reasonable pluralism, unreasonable pluralism

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