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What is Pluralism?

Edited By Volker Kaul, Ingrid Salvatore Copyright 2020
    258 Pages
    by Routledge India

    258 Pages
    by Routledge India

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    Is pluralism inherent to the human condition? Does it have its origins in the diversity of cultures? Are disagreements among individuals the same as disagreements among societies?

    Focusing on these critical questions essential to the understanding of modern societies, this book traces the origins of pluralism in contemporary political thought and presents new, original interpretations of the idea by contemporary philosophers. The chapters in the volume bring clarity into an ongoing fractious debate and reveal the underlying roots and fissures in our understanding of a dynamic and contested idea. Drawing on the works of John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, and other major political philosophers, they delve into the different strands of the concept, their possible real-world political outcomes, and popular misconceptions.

    A key text, this volume will be essential reading for scholars and researchers of politics, political theory and philosophy, and social theory.


    Ingrid Salvatore and Volker Kaul

    PART I: Epistemic Pluralism and Democracy

    1. From Pluralism to Liberalism: The Long Way Around

    Robert Talisse

    2. Pluralism and Deliberation

    Matteo Bianchin

    3. Social Choice or Collective Decision-making: What Is Politics All About?

    Thomas Mulligan

    4. Liberalism, Pluralism, and a Third Way

    Giulia Bistagnino

    PART II: Political Pluralism and Reasonable Consensus

    5. Sideways at the Entrance of the Cave: A Pluralist Footnote to Plato

    Alessandro Ferrara

    6. Pluralism and the Possibility of a Liberal Political Consensus

    Catherine Audard

    7. Modus Vivendi Liberalism, Practice-dependence and Political Legitimacy

    Valentina Gentile

    8. A Pluralist Model of Democracy

    Maeve Cooke

    9. Rawls, Religion, and the Clash of Civilizations

    David Rasmussen

    PART III: Cultures, Religions, and Politics

    10. The Practice of Liberty

    Erin Kelly

    11. Sharing a Conception of Justice, Sharing a Conception of the Good: Liberalism as a Pluralist Theory vs. Pluralism as a Non-Liberal Theory

    Ingrid Salvatore

    12. Pluralism and Solidarity: Non-Authoritarian Reasoning and Non-Fundamentalist Attitude

    Sadek Karim

    13. Populism, Liberalism and Nationalism

    Volker Kaul


    Volker Kaul teaches at the Department of Political Science at LUISS "Guido Carli" University in Rome and is lecturer at the CEA Rome Center, Italy. He also coordinates the research area "East–West Dialogues" for the foundation Reset–Dialogues on Civilizations.

    Ingrid Salvatore is an associate professor of political philosophy at the University of Salerno, Italy.