Multiculturalism and rationality

Harvey Siegel

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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$quoteright$s claim that no one could possibly be a multiculturalist in any interesting and coherent sense'; criticize Richard Shweder$quoteright$s case for divergent rationality'; and argue for a universalistic', culture-independent understanding of rationality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-223
Number of pages21
JournalTheory and Research in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • culture
  • multiculturalism
  • rationality
  • reasons
  • relativism
  • universal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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