Political Theory

Universal Values and Cultural Pluralism


This conference discussed the possibilities for pluralism within unity in the current debate over globalization. The main question considered was whether there can be a universal notion of justice that both allows for and transcends cultural diversity.


Conference Readings

Cowen, Tyler. Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Dalberg, John Emerich Edward and Lord Acton, edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. The History of Freedom and Other Essays. Edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. London: Macmillan, 1907.

de Vitoria, Francisco. Political Writings. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Eotvos, Jozsef. The Dominant Ideas of the Nineteenth Century and Their Impact on the State. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Godkin, E. L. “The Eclipse of Liberalism.” The Nation (August 9, 1900): 1.

Harris, Hugh. "The Greek Origins of the Idea of Cosmopolitanism." International Journal of Ethics XXXVIII (1927): 1-10.

Hayek, F. A. Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948, 1980.

Kukathas, Chandran. "Are There Any Cultural Rights?" Political Theory 20, no. 1 (February 1992): 105-139.

Kukathas, Chandran. "Cultural Rights Again: A Rejoinder to Kymlicka." Political Theory 20, no. 4 (November 1992): 674-680.

Kymlicka, Will. “The Rights of Minority Cultures.” Political Theory 20, no. 1 (February 1992): 140-146.

Laozi. The Daodejing of Laozi. Translated by Philip J. Ivanhoe. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 2001.

Mencius. Mencius. Translated by D.C. Lau. New York: Penguin Books, 1970.

Miller, David. "The Ethical Significance of Nationality." Ethics (July 1988): 647-662.

Musil, Robert. Precision and Soul: Essays and Addresses. Edited by Burton Pike and David S. Luft. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Say, Jean Baptiste. “A Treatise on Political Economy.” Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/274 (2-27-09).

Schmitt, Carl. The Concept of the Political. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Simmel, Georg. Georg Simmel on Individuality and Social Forms. Edited by Donald N. Levine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.

Waldron, Jeremy. "When Justice Replaces Affection: The Need for Rights." Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 11 (1988): 625-647.