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Title:
Liberalism, equality, and cultural oppression
Author:
Kernohan, Andrew William, 1952-
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9780521621649

9780521627535
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Cambridge : New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xiv, 130 p. ; 23 cm.
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Liberal political philosophy emphasizes the benefits of membership in a cultural group and, in the opinion of this challenging book, neglects its harmful, oppressive aspects. Andrew Kernohan argues that an oppressive culture perpetuates inegalitarian social meanings and false assumptions about who is entitled to what. Cultural pollution harms fundamental interests in self-respect and knowledge of the good and is diffuse, insidious, and unnoticed. This cultural pollution is analogous to environmental pollution, and though difficult to detect, is nonetheless just as real. The book's conclusion is that a liberal state committed to the moral equality of persons must accept a strong role in reforming our cultural environment.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Equality, tolerance, and cultural oppression
2 Liberalism and the epistemology of value
3 The moral equality of persons
4 Neutrality and the harm principle
5 Liberalism and the reform of culture
Conclusion
Notes