Defending diversity: contemporary philosophical perspectives by Lawrence Foster

By Lawrence Foster

In recent times the results of "multiculturalism" for American society were the topic of a lot debate. to a few, the time period has come to indicate the fragmentation of culture and the coherent values that derive from it. To others, it indications the appearance of a extra inclusive, tolerant, and certainly democratic society. Drawing on philosophy's longstanding main issue with problems with pluralism and relativism, at the traditions of yankee pragmatism, and on glossy theoretical ideas, the essays during this quantity convey readability to this dialogue by way of studying the underlying values and assumptions of every aspect. They current a different, insightful, and well-reasoned safeguard of the virtues of variety, outdoors in addition to contained in the partitions of the academy.

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In a sense, the reality of reality has become contested territory. This long-standing discussion of relativism and pluralism has spilled over, in the academy, onto curricular and conduct issues with a vehemence and Page 4 venom that perhaps exceed that in society as a whole. The furor over defining and teaching what has been called the canonthat traditional Eurocentric body of the "best" works in "our" civilizationhas its roots in often unexamined views about pluralism and relativism. In one camp are many who believe that the canon represents the best that is known and thought, and as such see it as our surest guide in the pursuit of truth.

Of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Includes bibliographical references.  Herzog, Patricia Susan. 4dc2093-50165 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. This book is published with the support and cooperation of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Lawrence Blum's "Multiculturalism, Racial Justice, and Community: Reflections on Charles Taylor's 'Politics of Recognition'" is an expanded and revised version of his "Philosophy and the Values of a Multicultural Community," originally published in Teaching Philosophy 14, no.

I shall explain how accommodation is a moral value rooted in the fact that serious conflict is a regular feature of our ethical lives, involving people with whom continuing relationships are both necessary and desirable. We already have in practice strategies of accommodation that constitute our practical commitment to this value. What we have lacked is the philosophical commitment to articulating and defending it. Recent Conceptions of Accommodating Moral Differences Thomas Nagel has argued for restraint in the coercive exercise of political power when one is engaged in a particular kind of intractable moral conflict.

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