Liberalism, Equality, and Cultural Oppression by Andrew Kernohan PDF

By Andrew Kernohan

ISBN-10: 0521627532

ISBN-13: 9780521627535

Liberal political philosophy emphasizes some great benefits of club in a cultural team and, within the opinion of this not easy new ebook, neglects its destructive, oppressive elements. Andrew Kernohan argues that an oppressive tradition perpetuates inegalitarian social meanings and fake assumptions approximately who's entitled to what. Cultural pollutants factors a damage to basic pursuits in self-respect and information of the great that's diffuse, insidious, and omitted. This damage is similar to environmental toxins, and although tricky to observe, is still simply as actual. The book's end is liberal country dedicated to the ethical equality of folks needs to settle for a robust position in reforming our cultural atmosphere.

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But the range of options can't be chosen. . The decision about how to lead our lives must ultimately be ours alone, but this decision is always a matter of selecting what we believe to be most valuable from the various options available, selecting from a context of choice which provides us with different ways of life. 34 One interpretation of this passage is that we choose, select, or decide on our beliefs about value from the range of options presented by our cultural context much as we choose, select, or decide on a particular flavour from the range of options at an ice-cream parlour.

So on my account of cultural oppression, both men and women are oppressed by a sexist culture. However, it is still important to point out that men and women are not oppressed in the same way. There is an important difference of perspective. Only a woman in this culture will have the indexical belief that her interests are less important than a man's. " So an oppressive, inegalitarian culture will have different consequences for members of the different groups whose equality is in question. The inegalitarian belief, shared by rich and poor alike, that the rich deserve their wealth by virtue of their superior natural abilities is an important part of what enables the ruling class to rule.

34 One interpretation of this passage is that we choose, select, or decide on our beliefs about value from the range of options presented by our cultural context much as we choose, select, or decide on a particular flavour from the range of options at an ice-cream parlour. This interpretation is not simply an inadequate account of the relationship between one's beliefs about value and one's cultural context, an impoverished political psychology. It is an impossible account, for a strong argument can be made that we can never choose or decide to believe anything at all.

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