- The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
- Notes On The Contributors
- Reproductive Technology
- Environmental Ethics
- Gender and Sexual Discrimination
- Race and Racial Discrimination
- Affirmative Action
- People with Disabilities
- Freedom of Speech and Religion
- Legal Paternalism
- Economic Justice
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Few ideas are as open to different interpretations these days, or as controversial, as multiculturalism. Like many other ‘isms’ — socialism, conservatism, fascism — multiculturalism is a political movement as well as a set of philosophical, social, and political ideas. Before looking at the range of positions associated with multiculturalism, this article first describes its historical origins and the social forces that came together to create it. ‘Multiculturalism’ is a term that has, in Nathan Blum's phrase, both ‘great currency’ and ‘imprecise usage’. It is also a relatively new word, making its first recorded appearances in Canada and Australia during the 1970s, at a time when both countries were struggling to deal with large influxes of non-European immigrants and with a new-found appreciation of the mistreatment of their own indigenous peoples.
John Arthur is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law at Binghamton University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and spent two years as a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of two books, The Unfinished Constitution (1989) and Words that Bind (1996), and editor or co-editor of six others. His interests are in legal philosophy (especially constitutional law and interpretation), political theory, and ethics. He is visiting fellow of Balliol College in 2002/3.
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