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A new edition of the highly acclaimed book Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition, " this paperback brings together an even wider range of leading philosophers and social scientists to probe the political controversy surrounding multiculturalism. Charles Taylor's initial inquiry, which considers whether the institutions of liberal democratic government make room ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 11th 1994 by Princeton University Press (first published 1992)
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Gaggan
Apr 12, 2014 Gaggan rated it really liked it
Taylor provides an interesting discussion on the importance of attempting to recognize difference between cultures instead of simply tolerating difference without seeking to recognize their value. While a culture may seek to be recognized equally in a society in order to decrease discrimination, this demand may in fact be perceived as the act of seeking legitimation from the historically oppressive majority through their preconceived criterion of value. The need to be legitimated by another by t ...more
Kelly
My other recent buy at B&N. Charles Taylor is my new fascination.
Pascal Christeller
Mar 07, 2017 Pascal Christeller rated it really liked it
I didn't read what the other authors thought, I only read Charles Taylor's essay which is like 50 pages or so. This essay is still very relevant. I unlike other reviewers will not summarize the text. It wouldn't do it justice, nor do I feel like working for you. My own authenticity just tells you what my opinion was. I will keep working with Taylor's views as I think they are so relevant today, and really help to explain some of the problems we are facing with the rise of the authoritarian right ...more
Greg
Nov 27, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it
Essay by Charles Taylor, followed by responses by several others. The essay was quite interesting. The responses, not as interesting. Taylor deals with the "politics of recognition," which is about how people get their identity from being recognized as having value. To deny a people this is a great offense. The political paradox is that a liberal democracy sees all as "equal". This has a great homogenizing effect, which tends to (violently) force all into the mold of the majority, which is in po ...more
Shernoff
Jul 02, 2008 Shernoff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who already have opinions or concerns of their own.
yada yada. normally wouldn't touch something like this. left these books on the mudd reserve room shelves a few years ago. however the introductory summary, running through the contributors' arguments, appealed to me: a few of the essays describe problems which i've been worrying about for a long time.

so, um, we're all thrown together, different colors, creeds, degrees of modernization / civilization. and we all seem to be clamoring to have our unique racial or cultural heritages not simply tol
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Marilena
Dec 27, 2008 Marilena rated it liked it
The book focuses on the demand for recongnition of minorities in a multicultural state. Charles Taylor also refers to the historical origins in modern thought. It's a pleading in favour of otherness, in favour of understanding minorities, in favour of freedom, of education...
The discussion starts with Taylor's text and then all the other essays comment upon his ideas.
I was really amused by Saul Bellow's ethnocentricity: "When Zulus produce a Tolstoy we will read him." (This appears quoted in sev
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Pajtim Zeqiri
Jan 07, 2016 Pajtim Zeqiri rated it really liked it
There is absolutely no doubt that Charles Taylor is one of leading scholars in the domain of multiculturalism philosophy. His politics of recognition is a clear attack on some of the Enlightenment values, which have been focusing only in individual rights, while neglecting the character of human activity, which regarding to Taylor is not mono-dialogical , but rather dialogical. According to this point, individuals are always in interaction with some other individuals through a set of signs which ...more
Matey
Dec 15, 2013 Matey rated it really liked it
Taylor has displayed some very strong arguments. His main idea that we need to preserve cultures and their identity by acknowledging their worth could have, in my opinion, a very wide application. This was displayed by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of 'Multani v. Commission scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys', where the judges borrowed form Taylor's approach to a different culture in order to give a just, and yet liberal judgement. The American and the European judicial systems would greatl ...more
Andrew Griffith
Oct 09, 2012 Andrew Griffith rated it really liked it
I read Charles Taylor’s classic, Multiculturalism and the “Politics of Recognition”, where he straddles the fine balance between universalism and relativism, a good nuanced discussion. Quote:

"There must be something midway between the inauthentic and homogenizing demand for recognition of equal worth, on the one hand, and the self-immurement within ethnocentric standards, on the other. There are other cultures, and we have to live together more and more, both on a world scale and commingled in e
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Richard
Jan 09, 2012 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school
Read the Charles Taylor essay 'The Politics of Recognition', as an accompaniment to Mansfield Park. Much preferred the essay, although many of the themes touched in the essay are echoed in the Austen. Not going to go into too much detail as I have just had to write a posting on it and I am written out.
Hamid
Jul 11, 2016 Hamid rated it liked it
چند فرهنگ گرایی: بررسی سیاست شناسایی که در سال 1392 و با ترجمه طاهر خدیو و سعید ریزوندی توسط انتشارات رخ داد نو به بازار اراءه شده است تلاشیست برای استفاده از تءوری شناسایی در مقام فهمی از کرامت بعنوان سیاستی مناسب در مواجه با فرهنگ های گوناگون در مقام هستی های اجتماعی حاءز کرامت. تءوری ای که اکر چه درون مرزهای لیبرال دموکراسی غدبی باقی می ماند، یک جور رویکرد انتقادی به آن را پیسنهاد میدهد.
Jacob Stubbs
Charles Taylor, Jürgen Habermas, Michael Walzer, and Amy Gutmann all speaking with each other about the limits of multiculturalism in liberal education, the role of constitutionalism and federal institutions in guaranteeing personal cultural recognition, and autonomy and liberty - what's not to be loved?
Sharad Pandian
Oct 15, 2016 Sharad Pandian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political-phil
The book itself is excellent and hasn't aged, despite being written two decades ago. For instance, we can already see in it the sort of framework still used (if not overtly) in debates about cultural appropriation
Trey
Jan 25, 2008 Trey rated it liked it
It has Charles Taylor's initial 'Multiculturalism' essay in it followed by essays by various academics discussing the virtues and vices of Taylor's ideas. Smart book and a fairly easy read.
Cat
Dec 24, 2012 Cat rated it it was amazing
One of those books everyone should read.
Will
Jan 03, 2013 Will rated it really liked it
Read "The Politics of Recognition" by Taylor and "Struggles for Recognition in the Democratic Constitutional State" by Habermas.
Lubnaa
Jan 22, 2016 Lubnaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent essay arguing for a politics of recognition.
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