The world contains over 6000 languages and less than 200 states to accommodate them. This creates the important normative question of how to respond politically to linguistic diversity. What is a just language policy? Are language minorities entitled to language protection? Should language rights be accorded to immigrants? Is the universal rise of English as a lingua franca to be applauded or to be regretted?
The most important and comprehensive thinker within this debate over linguistic justice is Philippe Van Parijs. In his bold and controversial theory of linguistic justice, Van Parijs argues that the rise of English is a good thing, as well as that all language groups are entitled to grab a territory on which only their language receives public recognition.
This collection, bringing together some of the most influential contemporary political philosophers, presents a critical review of Van Parijs’s theory and gives a state-of-the-art overview of the prevailing positions on linguistic justice within political philosophy. It will be of interest to students and scholars studying philosophy, politics, linguistics, international relations and law.
This book was published as a special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
1. Van Parijsian linguistic justice – context, analysis and critiques Helder De Schutter and David Robichaud
2. What is language? A response to Philippe van Parijs Sue Wright
3. The problem with English(es) and linguistic (in)justice. Addressing the limits of liberal egalitarian accounts of language Stephen May
4. Lingua franca fever: sceptical remarks Denise Reaume
5. Cooperative justice and English as a lingua franca: the tension between optimism and Anglophones free riding David Robichaud
6. Language, dignity, and territory Anna Stilz
7. One-way conversation with Philippe Van Parijs Jean Laponce
8. Can parity of self-esteem serve as the basis of the principle of linguistic territoriality? Daniel Weinstock
9. The political value of languages Rainer Bauböck
10. Lingua franca and linguistic territoriality. Why they both matter to justice and why justice matters for both Philippe Van Parijs