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dc.contributor.advisorBaumeister, Andrea T.-
dc.contributor.authorLawlor, Rachel A.-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that pluralism and diversity pose a more fundamental challenge to liberal constitutionalism than is sometimes recognised by liberal political theorists. While the challenges presented by moral pluralism at the philosophical level, and by cultural diversity at the socio-cultural level, have received a great deal of attention in recent political thought, the background within which these themes become salient has not always been fully acknowledged. What is new in the modern world is not so much diversity of lifestyles, but the disintegration of frameworks that traditionally provided an unproblematic basis for political authority. What this modern challenge forces us to confront then, is the idea that ‘the people’ who are subject to law, are also, as citizens, the ultimate source of political authority. I consider in detail the work of two contemporary political theorists who have provided among the most sustained and far-reaching attempts to respond to this challenge, Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas. Both make a significant contribution to responding to the contemporary situation of pluralism by taking on board the ‘dialogical’ nature of identity, and the role of the ‘people’ as the ultimate source of political power. However each places a heavy reliance on a privileged standpoint that may shield political judgement from the full implications of modern pluralism: Habermas, by appealing to ‘post-conventional morality’ and Taylor, by appealing to an incipient teleology.en
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dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen
dc.subject.lcshCultural diversityen
dc.subject.lcshTaylor, Charles, 1931-en
dc.subject.lcshHabermas, Jurgenen
dc.subject.lcshPolitics Ph.D. thesisen
dc.subject.othercultural diversityen
dc.subject.otherJürgen Habermasen
dc.subject.otherCharles Tayloren
dc.subject.otherdiscursive democracyen
dc.subject.otherdemocratic legitimacyen
dc.subject.othersocial integrationen
dc.titleCitizenship and Identityen
dc.title.alternativeAn analysis of Charles Taylor’s ‘ontological liberalism’ and Jürgen Habermas’s ‘discursive democracy’ as responses to the challenges of modernity and pluralism for constitutional democraciesen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation-
dc.contributor.sponsorArts and Humanities Research Council (Great Britain)en
dc.contributor.sponsorBritish Federation of Women Graduatesen
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PHD(R))-
dc.contributor.affiliationSchool of Arts and Humanities-
dc.contributor.affiliationHistory and Politics-
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