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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1010
Professor
Karyn Freedman
Semester
Winter

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Philosophy        Mar.5.2012 ‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘minority’ rights ­‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘minority’ rights are used broadly to refer  to these groups and their claims. In every western democracy there are 3 kinds of hierarchies: Economic Hierarchy: one’s position is determined by one’s  relationship to the market. This is what a common rights  citizenship is supposed to correct.  Struggles against this generate a politics of economic  redistribution. Status Hierarchy: better to be white than black, male then female,  Christian than Jew, straight then gay, etc. 3 Types of groups:  1.Indegenious peoples: first nations 2.Historic/regional/linguistic minorities: e.g. the Quebecois 3.Immigrant groups: newly immigrated and left behind families,  etc., who arrive under some immigration policy. (Special other cases: African Americans, Hutterites/Amish, and  illegal immigrants) ­The commitment to individual autonomy is deep and wide in  modern societies, so, how should we best construe liberalism­e.g.  Should it include language rights protection? Liberal Culturalism: we can justi
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