Communicative freedom, citizenship and political justice in the age of globalization

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Seyla Benhabib's The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era (2002), is considered in terms of three main virtues: first, it moves the question of political justice beyond the debate on the priority of recognition over distribution; second, it contributes to the expansion of the notion of communicative freedom and how it relates to rights; and third, it lays down the foundation for a cosmopolitan, post-nationalistic, form of citizenship that would have as its core the rights of association and existence. Three areas of concern and potential disagreement are discussed: first, whether Benhabib could be accused of a type of culturalism that celebrates too quickly postethnic America at the expense of the agenda of racial justice still to be addressed in the United States; second, whether in this work Benhabib has given enough attention to the political claims of memory, especially when these claims are enunciated from colonial pasts; third, in conclusion, how cultural justice, or respect for cultural diversity, can contribute to biodiversity's preservation in the age of the coming largest extinction of biodiversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-752
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophy & Social Criticism
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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