O N P L U R A L I S M A N D L I B E R A L D E M O C R AC Y George Kateb Can there be a general defense of pluralism? Richard Flathman's pluralism says that people should not shun their internal division Pluralism and Liberal Democracy is certainly a book that aims to into parts or their duality or multiplicity, but instead explore it provide such a defense. The merits of the book are many; and thus celebrate the complexity of their constitution. Internal Flathman's interpretations of some leading thinkers of pluralism complexity is often hard to acknowledge or painful to explore, from William James onward into the twentieth century are subtly but attention to it may liberate a person from a rigid and simpleand richly developed, and comparisons among the thinkers often minded understanding of oneself or others. illuminate each one. Nevertheless, I 2. The pluralism of diverse individuals think that there is a conceptual difficulty in any given society arises from the undeIf I am correct in thinking that there inherent in any attempt to praise pluralniable fact that all human beings are are incompatibilities, at least
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Jan 7, 2007
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