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Will Kymlicka on Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 102
Liberalism7Kymlicka/Gaus: Throughout the 1990s various liberals sought to show how liberalism may consistently advocate a theory of the self which finds room for cultural membership and other non-chosen attachments and commitments which at least partially constitute the self (Kymlicka, 1991). Much of liberal theory has become focused on the issue of how we can be social creatures, members of cultures and raised in various traditions, while also being autonomous choosers who employ our liberty to construct lives of our own. What is important for our purposes is that these debates focus on whether liberalism entails an individualist theory of humans in society, or whether its political and moral commitments can be conjoined with various conceptions of the self and the social order; it is thus a debate about just how ‘comprehensive’ liberalism really is. >Liberalism/Gaus, >Liberalism/Waldron.


1. Kymlicka, Will (1991) Liberalism, Community and Culture. Oxford: Clarendon.


Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.


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Kymlicka, Will
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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