Volume 16
Issue S
Fall '18

Liberty and the Challenge of Diversity

Written By: Chandran Kukathas

Abstract

Those who favor liberty face a dilemma arising out of human diversity. While some groups of people will place a high value on liberty, others may consider it a lesser good or may value it scarcely at all. Preserving a free society by forcing everyone to value liberty runs against the spirit of freedom; but leaving those groups who do not care for liberty to live in that way also diminishes liberty, if in a different way. In the end the dilemma has to be resolved in favor of tolerating even those who do not care for liberty and threaten to undermine it.

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