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John McCormick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556212.001.0001

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Values: Multicultural and Secular

Values: Multicultural and Secular

(p.167) 7 Values: Multicultural and Secular

John McCormick (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 7 attempts to assess some of the core values of Europeans, focusing in particular on four areas where the Europeanist perspective is notably different from that in any other part of the world. It looks first at multiculturalism, arguing that claims of a multicultural crisis in Europe overlook the fact that the region has a long tradition of recognizing and integrating multiple different cultures. What has changed of late has been the addition to the mix of race and of Islam, which has brought out some of the less desirable qualities in European thinking. It then looks at the role of secularism in European society, arguing that while religion is growing almost everywhere else in the world, its role in Europe is declining. The third case in the chapter is capital punishment, on the abolition of which Europe is taking the leading role, in spite of equivocations among Europeans themselves on the issue. Finally, the chapter looks at the rather more ambiguous issue of life satisfaction, asking what change has meant for European perceptions about personal goals.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, secularism, capital punishment, life satisfaction

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