Strange multiplicity : constitutionalism in an age of diversity / James Tully.

Tully, James, 1946- [Browse]
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
xvi, 253 p. ; 23 cm.


Summary note
  • The first John Robert Seeley lectures, given by James Tully in 1994, address the six types of demands for cultural recognition that constitute the most intractable conflicts of the present age: supranational associations, nationalism and federalism, linguistic and ethnic minorities, feminism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal self government. Neither the prevailing schools of modern Western constitutionalism nor post-modern constitutionalism provide a just way of adjudicating such diverse claims to recognition because they rest on untenable assumptions inherited from the age of European imperialism. However, by means of a historical and critical survey of four hundred years of European and non-European constitutionalism, with special attention to the American Aboriginal peoples, Tully develops a post-imperial philosophy and practice of constitutionalism.
  • This consists in the conciliation of claims for recognition over time through constitutional dialogues in which citizens reach agreements on appropriate forms of accommodation of their cultural differences, guided by common constitutional conventions. This form of constitutionalism has the capacity to mediate contemporary conflicts and bring peace to the twenty-first century.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-245) and index.
Action note
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  • Illustration: 'The spirit of Haida Gwaii'
  • 1. Demands for constitutional recognition. The constitutional question raised by the politics of cultural recognition : six examples and three similarities ; The mutual recognition of cultural diversity : three features of the common ground and three historical movements ; The spirit of Haida Gwaii as a symbol of the age of cultural diversity ; A constitutional dialogue in The spirit of Haida Gwaii
  • 2. Diversity and contemporary constitutionalism. Answering the constitutional question : an outline ; Two languages of contemporary constitutionalism and three schools of modern constitutionalism ; The challenge of post-modernism and cultural feminism ; The challenge of interculturalism
  • 3. The historical formation of modern constitutionalism : the empire of uniformity. Constitutions ancient and modern ; Seven features of modern constitutionalism ; Examples of forging the seven features : Locke and Aboriginal peoples ; Vattel, Kant and their followers ; The reform of diversity in Europe and the colonies ; The American revolution and the guardians of empire today
  • 4. The historical formation of common constitutionalism : the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part I. The hidden constitutions of contemporary societies ; Understanding constitutionalism : Wittgenstein and Hale ; Examples of the three conventions : the Aboriginal and common-law system and the conventions of mutual recognition and consent ; The Aboriginal and common-law system and the convention of continuity ; The Aboriginal and common-law system of constitutional dialogue
  • 5. The historical formation of common constitutionalism : the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part II. Diverse federalism and the conventions of mutual recognition, continuity and consent ; Diverse federalism and continuity : the Quebec Act and the ancient constitution ; Diverse federalism, the three conventions and the American revolution ; The modern attack on diverse federalism : the Durham report and its followers ; Linguistic minorities and the three conventions : the form of reasoning appropriate to mutual recognition and accommodation ; Intercultural citizens, gender differences and the three conventions
  • 6. Constitutionalism in an age of cultural diversity. A summary of contemporary constitutionalism ; Replies to four objections to contemporary constitutionalism ; Two public goods of contemporary constitutionalism : belonging and critical freedom ; Conclusion : the philosophy and practice of contemporary constitutionalism.
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