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The Multiculturalism of Fear

Jacob T. Levy


This work argues for a liberal account of multiculturalism, which draws on a liberalism of fear, like that articulated by Judith Shklar and inspired by Montesquieu. Liberalism should not be centrally concerned either with preserving or with transcending cultural communities, practices, and identities. Rather, it should focus on mitigating evils such as interethnic civil wars, cruel practices internal to cultural communities, and state violence against ethnic minorities. This ‘multiculturalism of fear’ must be grounded in the realities of ethnic politics and ethnic conflict. It must therefore t ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, cultural communities, ethnic conflict, ethnicity, identity, liberalism, Montesquieu, multiculturalism, nationalism, Judith Shklar, ethnicity, methodology, multiculturalism, nationalism, political philosophy, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198297122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob T. Levy, author
University of Chicago
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