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Creating Citizens: Political Education and Liberal Democracy

Eamonn Callan


The problem of education in liberal democracies is to ensure the intergenerational continuity of their constitutive political ideals while remaining open to a diversity of conduct and belief that sometimes threatens those ideals. Creating Citizens addresses this problem. The book identifies both the principal aims of political education—liberal patriotism and the sense of justice—and the rights that limit their public pursuit. The public pursuit of these educational aims is properly constrained by deference to the rights of parents, and these are shown to have some independent moral weight und ... More

Keywords: children, denominational schools, education, justice, liberal democracy, parents, patriotism, political education, John Rawls, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198292589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eamonn Callan, author
University of Alberta
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