Bhikhu Parekh's multiculturalist critique of liberalism
Crowder, George Errol
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Bhikhu Parekh argues that we must look beyond liberal democracy to a process of 'intercultural dialogue' in order to accommodate the legitimate claims of multiculturalism. He gives two main reasons: first, liberalism is too 'ethnocentric' to be an adequate framework for multiculturalism, because it necessarily depends on values that are distinctively European or Western; second, liberalism is too 'monistic'. The author aims to show these arguments to be mistaken.