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Philosophy 2801F/G Lecture Notes - Multiculturalism In Canada, Communitarianism, Canadian Identity


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHIL 2801F/G
Professor
Lawson

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READ DWORKIN ARTICLE ON CONSTITUTIONS AND DEMOCRACY
MULTICULTURALISM
rights don't seem to do enough to equalize the playing field
politics of recognition, trying to be legitimized in one's community
UNDERSTANDING MULTICULTURALISM
pluralism is good, and the distinguishing features and interests of minority groups
ought to be preserved and promoted
Kymlicka: common rights should be supplemented with group differentiated rights
take the negative right of non discrimination and turn it into a positive right
MULTICULTURALISM IN CANADA
85% of Canadians agree that multiculturalism is important to the canadian identity
children of immigrants have bettter educational outcomes than in any other western
democracy
THE STAGE DEBATE
first: multiculturalism and communitarianism
Second: multiculturalism within a liberal framework
third: multiculturalism as a response to nation building
FIRST STAGE
liberals want us to be able to reconsider our existing cultural practices and communi-
tarians want us to embrace them
problem: the communitarian model doesn't seem to overlap very much with the con-
cerns of minorities seeking recognition
SECOND STAGE
Kymlicka "if groups are indeed liberal why do their members want minority rights? why
aren't they satisfied with the traditional common rights of citizenship
our language and culture aren't up to us, so it would be unfair for us to bare the costs
of giving them up
LIBERAL CULTURALISM
this is the view that there is some room within liberalism for minority rights
1. Internal Restrictions: rights of groups against their own members
2. External protections: rights of groups against the larger society
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