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1st Edition

What is Pluralism?

ISBN 9780367410599
Published June 2, 2020 by Routledge India
258 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.