Equal citizenship, neutrality, and democracy: a reply to critics of Equal Recognition

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The commentators in this Special Issue raise questions about a number of aspects of the book. One group of critics questions the book’s overall normative strategy, asking whether too much weight is placed on the idea of neutrality. A second group raises doubts about the account of neutrality itself. A third zeroes in on the book’s discussion of language rights. And a fourth group is critical of the book’s assumptions about democracy, and about its relevance to public policy disputes. In this reply, I seek to address each of these clusters of concerns. In some places, I suggest, my commentators have misunderstood my position. In other places, I argue, they have not sufficiently thought through the implications of their alternatives to that position.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • liberalism
  • multiculturalism
  • nationalism
  • neutrality
  • recognition


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