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Can a Popperean be a Multiculturalist?

Kurelić, Zoran
Can a Popperean be a Multiculturalist? // Politička misao, XXXIX (2002), 5; 122-127 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, pregledni rad, znanstveni)

Can a Popperean be a Multiculturalist?

Kurelić, Zoran

Politička misao (0032-3241) XXXIX (2002), 5; 122-127

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Radovi u časopisima, pregledni rad, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Liberalism; multiculturalism; nation state; incommensurability; universalism; epistemology; nationalism; Karl Popper

Author shows how the epistemological concept of incommensurability was turned into a key category in political theory and then evaluates the cogency of the category as it is used in contemporary critiques of liberalism. After recounting the debate between Karl Popper and Paul Feyerabend over the implications of incommensurability for the understanding of progress in science, the paper examines the multicultural attack on liberalism in which the concept of incommensurability plays an important role. The paper argues that incommensurability-based anti-liberal critiques pose a serious problem for a certain type of liberal theory, but not for liberalism in general. Feyerabend and others, each in their own way, demonstrate that liberal neutrality and universalism are not really neutral and universal, but derived from a certain tradition. However, even if we accept their insights, it does not follow that the essentially liberal culture of consensus-building political dialogues is undesirable, or impossible. The author believes that the political concept of incommensurability has a variety of implications. As a term used in philosophical attacks on liberal theory, its value is clear but limited. Karl Popper cannot be accused of false neutrality, or a naive universalism. At the same time, when the concept of incommensurability is used to defend a multicultural relativism, it tends to subvert one of the foundations of contemporary liberal societies - the will to live together. In some contexts, the concept of incommensurability supports a right to remain different that paradoxically reinforces the most powerfully illiberal ideology of our time - nationalism. Can a Popperean be a multiculturalist? Of course, not.

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Fakultet političkih znanosti, Zagreb

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Zoran Kurelić, (167351)

Uključenost u ostale bibliografske baze podataka:

  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences