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The Implications of Diversity



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Liberals and Cannibals: The Implications of Diversity by Steven Lukes
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Taking as his starting point Robert Frost's accusation that a liberal is someone who can't take his own side in an argument, Steven Lukes confronts liberal thought with its own limitations. The essays in this collection focus on the perennial but newly urgent questions of how the tension between relativism and the moral universalism current in contemporary politics can be resolved within the framework of liberalism. How is liberal society to interpret the diversity of morals? Is pluralism the appropriate response? How does pluralism differ from the widely condemned relativism--more specifically, the double bind of ethnocentric universalism, or "liberalism for the Liberals, cannibalism for the cannibals". While recognizing the dangers of moral imperialism, Lukes argues that a relativist position based on identifying clearly distinct cultural and moral communities is incoherent. Drawing on work in anthropology and philosophy, he examines the nature of social justice, the politics of identity and human rights theory, as well as discussing how ideas drawn from the work of Isaiah Berlin can shed light on these debates.

Author Biography

Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Co-editor of the European Journal of Sociology and Fellow of the British Academy he is author of Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, Individualism, Power: A Radical View, Marxism and Morality, Moral Conflict and Politics and The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Comedy of Ideas.
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May 28th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Verso Books
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