Reorienting Deliberation: Identity Politics in Multicultural Societies

Rebecca Mason


Many political theorists argue that cross-cultural communication within multicultural democracies is not best served by a commitment to identity politics. In response, I argue that identity politics only interfere with democratic participation according to an erroneous interpretation of the relationship between identity and reasoning. I argue that recognizing the importance of identity to the intelligibility of reasons offered in the context of civic deliberation is the first step towards the kind of dialogue that democratic participation requires.


epistemology; identity politics; Jeremy Waldron; Linda Alcoff; identities

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