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THE “EMPIRE” STRIKES BACK: BARRY’S DEFENSE OF LIBERAL UNIVERSALISM

Zoran Kurelić ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


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Abstract

The author deals with the issue of the relationship between liberalism and multiculturalism and points out certain tensions stemming from the debate between liberals and multiculturalists. The paper mentions the theoretical interventions of political philosophers such as Charles Taylor (multiculturalist), John Gray (postmodern liberal conservative) and Brian Barry (liberal universalist). By looking into Barry’s attack on Taylor and Gray, the author tries to show Barry’s mistake in accusing those two of relativism derived from incommensurability, but also gives him credit for unerringly recognizing the weaknesses of the relativist criticism of liberalism. According to the author, many theoreticians participating in the academic dispute between the liberals and the multiculturalists assume that the real targets are the liberal egalitarians (Rawls and his disciples). This has created a dramatically erroneous impression that the USA are liberal in an egalitarian way. Thus, while the leftist critics of egalitarian liberalism were finding fault with the abominable universalist theory, the antiliberals (and the antimulticulturalists) have gained prominence.

Keywords

Brian Barry; John Gray; liberal universalism; multiculturalism; Charles Taylor

Hrčak ID:

22666

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/22666

Publication date:

23.5.2005.

Article data in other languages: croatian

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