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Multicultural Questions$
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Christian Joppke and Steven Lukes

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829610X.001.0001

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‘Nous’ et ‘les Autres’ The Politics of Complex Cultural Dialogue in a Global Civilization

‘Nous’ et ‘les Autres’ The Politics of Complex Cultural Dialogue in a Global Civilization

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(p.44) 3 ‘Nous’ et ‘les Autres’ The Politics of Complex Cultural Dialogue in a Global Civilization
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Multicultural Questions
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Seyla Benhabib

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019829610X.003.0003

Seyla Benhabib's case for universalism is somewhat more cautious. She approaches the lead question through the negative, by contesting various fashionable versions of cognitive relativism, radical incommensurability, and untranslatability. She then shows the untenability of the (mosaic) multicultural version of relativism. Such relativism, Benhabib says, is ‘poor man's sociology’, relying upon a holistic view of cultures and societies (even evident in the work of Kymlicka) that is at odds with our mixed‐up global world, a context‐transcending ‘pluralist universalism’ becomes ever more a necessity, but fortunately also a reality.

Keywords:   cultural preservation, Will Kymlicka, liberalism, relativism, societal culture, universalism

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