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Can the Worlds be Changed? On Ethics and the Multicultural Dream
Thesis Eleven (2004)
  • Charles C Lemert, Wesleyan University
Abstract

Multiculturalism is, among other things, an attitude toward values - hence, an ethic of a kind. The question it poses, however, is what kind of ethics are possible when it is assumed that the one world culture that stood behind classical social ethics no longer pertains. The issue binds most strictly when it is further assumed that social ethics entail political commitments to change the worlds. Hence, the practical consideration of whether or not plural worlds of incommensurable values allow for ethical strategies sufficient to change for the better - where ‘better’ is itself open to doubt.

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Publication Date
2004
Citation Information
Charles C Lemert. "Can the Worlds be Changed? On Ethics and the Multicultural Dream" Thesis Eleven Vol. 78 Iss. 1 (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clemert/55/