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ERIC Number: EJ794989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Multiculturalism and Rationality
Siegel, Harvey
Theory and Research in Education, v5 n2 p203-223 2007
Do cultures differ with respect to judgments of rationality? If so, does it follow that rationality is culturally specific, or that cultures have their own "rationalities"? If so, does it further follow that the philosophical status or worthiness of multiculturalism as a social value or ideal varies from culture to culture? In this article I consider the relationship between rationality and multiculturalism; offer a characterization of the latter that enables it to survive Stanley Fish's claim that "no one could possibly "be" a multiculturalist in any interesting and coherent sense"; criticize Richard Shweder's case for "divergent rationality"; and argue for a "universalistic", culture-independent understanding of rationality. (Contains 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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