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Strange Multiplicity : Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity - James Tully

Strange Multiplicity

Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity

Paperback Published: 6th November 1995
ISBN: 9780521476942
Number Of Pages: 272

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In the inaugural set of Seeley Lectures, the distinguished political philosopher James Tully addresses the demands for cultural recognition that constitute the major conflicts of today: supranational associations, nationalism and federalism, linguistic and ethnic minorities, feminism, multiculturalism and aboriginal self government. Neither modern nor post-modern constitutionalism can adjudicate such claims justly. However, by surveying 400 years of constitutional practice, with special attention to the American aboriginal peoples, Tully develops a new philosophy of constitutionalism based on dialogues of conciliation which, he argues, have the capacity to mediate contemporary conflicts and bring peace to the twenty-first century. Strange Multiplicity brings profound historical, critical and philosophical perspectives to our most pressing contemporary conflicts, and provides an authoritative guide to constitutional possibilities in a multicultural age.

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"James Tully's questioning of 'our' received view of constitutionalism is long overdue, and the alternatives and corrections he suggests to simple, unified sovereignty notions are worth very serious consideration indeed, both by scholars and by politicians. Now that the fact of constitutional diversity within established states is no longer occluded, no longer can be, and the whole idea of the unitary 'nation-state' is coming under some question, such reconsiderations of the constitutional tradition we have inherited are most necessary. This is an important book, both in what it criticises and in what it proposes. It will stimulate, I am sure, a very useful discussion about a very pressing issue." Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Demands for Constitutional Recognition
The constitutional question raised by the politics of cultural recognition: six examples and three similarities
The mutual recognition of cultural diversity: three features of the common ground and three historical movements
The spirit of Haida Gwaii as a symbol of the age of cultural diversity
A constitutional dialogue in The spirit of Haida Gwaii
Diversity and Contemporary Constitutionalism
Anwering the constitutional question: an outline
Two languages of contemporary constitutionalism and the three schools of modern constitutionalism
The challenge of post-modernism and cultural feminism
The challenge of interculturalism
The Historical Formation of Modern Constitutionalism: The Empire of Uniformity
Constitutions ancient and modern
Seven features of modern constitutionalism
Example of forging the seven features: Locke and Aboriginal peoples
Vattel, Kant and their followers
The reform of diversity in Europe and the colonies
The American revolution and the guardians of empire today
The Historical Formation of Common Constitutionalism: The Rediscovery of Cultural Diversity
Part I
The hidden constitutions of contemporary societies
Understanding constitutionalism: Wittgenstein and Hale
Examples of the three conventions: the Aboriginal and common-law system and the conventions of mutual recognition and consent
The Aboriginal and common law system and the convention of continuity
The Aboriginal and common law system and constitutional dialogue
The Historical Formation of Common Constitutionalism: The Rediscovery of Cultural Diversity
Part II
Diverse federalism and the conventions of mutual recognition, continuity and consent
Diverse federalism and continuity: the QuTbec act and the ancient constitution
Diverse federalism, the three conventions and the American revolution
The modern attack on diverse federalism: the Durham report and its followers
Linguistic minorities and the three conventions: the form of reasoning appropriate to mutual recognition and accommodation
Intercultural citizens, gender differences and the three conventions
Constitutionalism in an Age of Cultural Diversity
A summary of contemporary constitutionalism
Replies to four objections to contemporary constitutionalism
Two public goods of contemporary constitutionalism: belonging and critical freedom
Conclusion: the philosophy and practice of contemporary constitutionalism
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ISBN: 9780521476942
ISBN-10: 0521476941
Series: John Robert Seeley Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 13.87  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37