Is There a Canadian Philosophy?: Reflections on the Canadian Identity

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University of Ottawa Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Nationality and Universality
9
Chapter 2 Nationalism and the Politics of Identity
89
Individuals or Collectives?
117
Canada as a Spontaneous Order
139
Chapter 5 Rights Sovereignty and the NationState
171
Index
213
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G.B. Madison is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Ingird Harris is a philosopher in private practice and occasional lecturer at McMaster University. Paul Fairfield is the author of "Moral Selfhood in the Liberal Tradition.

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