Charles Taylor’s Theory of Multiculturalism

Authors

  • Pagorn Singsuriya Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University.

Keywords:

Charles Taylor, Multiculturalism, Liberalism

Abstract

This article discusses Charles Taylor’s concept of liberal multiculturalism that deploys the concept of human dignity as a lever to introduce an obligation to recognize cultural differences into the liberalist tenet. In this tenet, respect for human dignity, which is the basis for equality, is center. The respect for human dignity depends on the recognition of individuals’ identities. Since these identities are diverse, the obligation to respect human dignity comes together with the obligation to recognize diverse identities. Since culture plays an important role in molding identities, cultural diversity has to be respected. Importantly, Taylor points out that liberalism is a culture among others and, therefore, does not take privilege over others. Imposing liberal values on other cultures is considered to be a cultural imperialistic stance, which should be avoided.

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Published

2021-12-24

How to Cite

Singsuriya ป. (2021). Charles Taylor’s Theory of Multiculturalism. Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, 43(2), 23–38. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jasu/article/view/256240

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Research Articles