Single Idea 23387

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / e. Liberal community]

Full Idea

Just as liberalism precludes the establishment of an official religion, so too there cannot be official cultures that have preferred status.

Gist of Idea

Liberals must avoid an official culture, as well as an official religion


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 8.3)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.344

A Reaction

This becomes tricky in schools, where the old way of teaching national literature and particular types of music has been eroded in modern times. But once wide diversity is allowed there is no single story which can be taught.