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Cultural Citizenship: an Integrative Agenda for a Transdisciplinary Debate

Masterscriptie GRIN Publishing GmbH | 2014 | ISBN-13: 9783656767190
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The starting point for this thesis is a problem situation in the Netherlands: doubts have been raised as to whether ‘culture’ in the Netherlands contributes in the right way and degree to the functioning of citizens. This situation is described as a problem of ‘cultural citizenship’: an ‘essentially contested’ concept that points to some interaction between culture and citizenship, but leaves it open to interpretation what this interaction is. This flexibility allows the concept to open up a transdisciplinary debate that involves various fields and paradigms. The thesis aims to offer a research agenda for such a debate. An integrative research agenda on cultural citizenship is formulated in two steps.

First, seven authors from various fields and paradigms are discussed: the Dutch Council for Culture, Renato Rosaldo, Nick Stevenson, Paul Scheffer, Will Kymlicka, Jeffrey Alexander and Paul Ricoeur. For each of these authors research questions are formulated that reflect their work, 78 in total. Second, the research questions are reworked in a more structured and shorter list of 12 questions with sub questions.

The final result is a single normative question that integrates insights from all authors and that identifies three normative principles that should guide interventions in the Dutch problem situation: (1) make culture equally accessible to all citizens; (2) protect the richness and viability of culture; (3) balance unity and diversity.

Ten posters on Plato's dialogue The Republic (Politeia)

Plato Exhibition 2014

I designed these to introduce Plato's famous dialogue 'The Republic' to a general audience. Plato's are among the oldest texts in Western philosophy that have survived as a whole. The Republic is the first substantial treatise on politics. The dialogue also contains plato's famous Cave Anology.

I designed these posters for an exhibition, but they can also be used seperately, in the class room for example.


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Contents

Caring for the 'soul' with Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault
Combining rational choice theory and hermeneutics
Liberal-nationalism and religion: conflicting commitments?
Toleration and recognition: Anna Galeotti on the symbolic inclusion of minority groups
Two explications of ‘social unity’ in political philosophy: John Rawls and Will Kymlicka on ‘the ties that bind’
Not choosing between universalism and contextualism: Paul Ricoeur on tragedy and practical wisdom

Caring for the 'soul' with Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault

Philosophical papers Unpublished paper, University of Groningen | 2007

My aim in this paper is to clarify the views of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault on the relationship between ethics and politics, by way of comparison. My strategy is to introduce as a mediator phenomenologist Jan Patočka. This allows me to frame the philosopher’s role with regard to ethics and politics in a way that renders Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault comparable, but without having to discuss the philosophy of one in terms of the other.

Two explications of ‘social unity’ in political philosophy: John Rawls and Will Kymlicka on ‘the ties that bind’

Philosophical papers Unpublished paper, University of Groningen | 2007

In this paper I employ the analytical method of concept explication to clarify how the notion social unity (and the related notion of ‘social union’) is used by two contemporary analytical philosophers, John Rawls and Will Kymlicka.

Not choosing between universalism and contextualism: Paul Ricoeur on tragedy and practical wisdom

Filosofische papers Unpublished paper, University of Groningen | 2006

In this paper I draw on Paul Ricoeur's ethics to argue that although contextualistm and universalism cannot be reconciled conceptually, we do not have to choose between them in practice.

Toleration and recognition: Anna Galeotti on the symbolic inclusion of minority groups

Philosophical papers Unpublished paper, University of Groningen | 2006

This paper attempts to shed some light on the relation between toleration and recognition through a critical discussion of Anna Galeotti’s suggestion to place recognition within the framework of toleration. I will aruge that that Galeotti’s fails to account for the normative value of some kinds of social conflict, especially those that are religiously or morally motivated. As a result, her conception of toleration as recognition is too one-dimensional

Combining rational choice theory and hermeneutics

Philosophical papers Unpublished paper, University of Manchester | 2006

This paper attempts to shed some light on the relation between toleration and recognition through a critical discussion of Anna Galeotti’s suggestion to place recognition within the framework of toleration. I will aruge that that Galeotti’s fails to account for the normative value of some kinds of social conflict, especially those that are religiously or morally motivated. As a result, her conception of toleration as recognition is too one-dimensional

Liberal-nationalism and religion: conflicting commitments?

Philosophical papers Unpublished paper, University of Manchester | 2006

This paper aims to defend Will Kymlicka’s liberal-nationalism against the critique that it would violate the liberal value of religious freedom. I will contend that Will Kymlicka does not prioritize national identity over other shared identities and extends the liberal ideal of religious freedom rather than violating it.