Single Idea 23391

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / f. Multiculturalism]

Full Idea

Liberal multiculturalism challenges status inequalities while preserving individual freedom. …Conservative multiculturalism replaces liberal principles with a communitarian politics of the common good, at least at the local or group level.

Gist of Idea

Multiculturalism is liberal if it challenges inequality, conservative if it emphasises common good


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 8.6)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.369

A Reaction

[compressed] This sounds a bit simplistic. Recent emphasis on 'the common good', in the face of white supremacists etc., seems admirable, but surely challenging inequalities promotes the common good? Minority cultures are often conservative.