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    Can There Be Pluralism Without Conflict?

    Todd, Sharon (2009) Can There Be Pluralism Without Conflict? Philosophy of Education Yearbook. pp. 51-59. ISSN 8756-6575

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    One of the dreams of education is to create conditions for more peaceful forms of coexistence across human divisiveness — a dream that has shaped efforts in intercultural, multicultural, and cosmopolitan educational projects alike. Such maneuvers regularly cast pluralism in terms of “diversity,” “multiplicity,” and “difference,” and largely claim that the “recognition” of identities, achieved most often through dialogue, constitutes the political hope for developing a more inclusive democracy. In this sense, democracy is seen to be pluralist in its intent to account for the wide variety of cultural traditions, ethnic groupings, linguistic communities, and religious beliefs in human society. By ingesting these, so to speak, into democratic processes, the hope is that we better nourish the body politic. But are the terms by which we often identify such variation adequate to facing the question of human pluralism and what pluralism means for democracy? And is it the case that dialogue across such variation — and the recognition to which this supposedly leads — are the optimal ways of promoting democratic possibility and dealing with conflict?

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Pluralism; Conflict; intercultural; multicultural;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8548
    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 08:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Education Yearbook
    Publisher: Philosophy of Education Society
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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