The fact of pluralism and Israeli national identity

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Much of John Rawls' later work is concerned with the appli cation of his philosophical conceptions to the reality of liberal-democratic polities. I suggest that given the modern democratic reality of ethno national pluralism, Rawls' political conception of justice is insufficient to ensure democratic stability. Democratic states manage to contain ethnic pluralism while remaining compatible with liberal principles by promoting a corporate national identity. The key, I argue, lies in the particular member ship criteria devised and implemented by the state. Hence, the promotion of a corporate national identity negates state neutrality, but not necessarily political liberalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophy and Social Criticism
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel
  • Israeli Arabs
  • National identity
  • Pluralism
  • Rawls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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