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Is There a Canadian Philosophy?
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Is There a Canadian Philosophy? addresses the themes of community, culture, national identity, and universal human rights, taking the Canadian example as its focus. The authors argue that nations compelled to cope with increasing demands for group recognition may do so in a broadly liberal spirit and without succumbing to the dangers associated with an illiberal, adversarial multiculturalism. They identify and describe a Canadian civic philosophy and attempt to show how this modus operandi of Canadian public life is capable of reconciling questions of collective identity and recognition with a commitment to individual rights and related principles of liberal democracy. They further argue that this philosophy can serve as a model for nations around the world faced with internal complexities and growing demands for recognition from populations more diverse than at any previous time in their histories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1. Nationality and Universality
  2. pp. 9-70
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 71-79
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 80-88
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  1. Chapter 2. Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
  2. pp. 89-110
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  1. Notes
  2. p. 111
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 112-116
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  1. Chapter 3. The Bearers of Rights: Individuals or Collectives?
  2. pp. 117-131
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  1. Notes
  2. p. 132
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Chapter 4. Democracy in Canada: "Canada" as a Spontaneous Order
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 168-170
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  1. Chapter 5. Rights, Sovereignty, and the Nation-State
  2. pp. 171-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-218
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