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Postcolonial Liberalism


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1. Introduction; 2. The postcolonial challenge; 3. Reason and community; 4. Disagreement and public reason; 5. Historical injustice; 6. The postcolonial state; 7. Land, law and governance; 8. Conclusion: the ideal of complex mutual coexistence.

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This book presents an account of postcolonial liberalism, and argues the case for its sustainability.

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Duncan Ivison teaches in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney. He is the author of The Self at Liberty (1997) and co-editor of Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2000).


"In Postcolonial Liberalism Duncan Ivison explores the challenges to liberal understandings of justice, citizenship, and democracy posed by the situation and the demands of indigenous peoples in contemporary democracies. Weaving together discussions of theorists as disparate as Rawls and Habermas on the one hand and Foucault and Said on the other, Ivison argues for a version of liberal theory that is pluralistic, open, and sensitive to the claims of local contexts but that still aspires to principled generality. Displaying a mastery of a remarkably wide range of works, Ivison produces an analysis that is subtle and sophisticated. He illustrates in his own discussions the kind of open-minded listening to others that he advocates. This is a distinguished contribution to the literature of contemporary political theory." Jury Report, CPSA C.B. Macpherson Award

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