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Former le « bon citoyen » libéral

Abstract : With the aim of analysing the complex relationship between a morally “robust” civic education and pluralism, this article confronts and compares the stances of William Galston and Stephen Macedo. Based on their rejection of “neutralist” liberalism, both authors argue for the inculcation of values and virtues constitutive of the liberal “good citizen”. However, the “unity amid diversity” challenge still divides them. The main oppositional node between their “liberal-pluralist” and “civic-liberal” standpoints is on the appropriate limits of the liberal state’s educational intervention vis-à-vis “dissenting” families and groups. This therefore opens up a potential clash of paternalisms. The article concludes with an emphasis on the theoretical and practical tensions and problems resulting from the use of a “values” lexicon to promote liberal democratic citizenship.
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Janie Pélabay. Former le « bon citoyen » libéral. Raisons politiques, Presses de Sciences Po, 2011, pp.117-138. ⟨10.3917/rai.044.0117⟩. ⟨hal-01719404⟩



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