Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Pluralism Definition:

A system or philosophy, which, in the name of respect for diversity, acknowledges the existence of different political opinions, moral and religious beliefs, and cultural and social behaviour.

Related Terms: Multiculturalism, Interculturalism

In their 2008 report, authors Bouchard and Taylor adopted this definition:

"A system or philosophy, which, in the name of respect for diversity, acknowledges the existence of different political opinions, moral and religious beliefs, and cultural and social behaviour. More specifically, it refers, in common parlance, to respect for minority rights.

"Pluralism calls for a series of measures aimed at the harmonization of cultural differences. It operates within the limits of values or rights deemed to be fundamental...."

REFERENCES:

  • Bouchard, G. and Taylor, C., Building the Future: A Time for Reconciliation (Quebec: Government of Quebec, 2008), page 289

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