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Common Cultures


  • Amartya Sen


Is there truly a clash of values between the United States and Europe? The Nobel Prize-winning economist says no. The commonality of our views on human rights goes back to the very beginning of the nation, he argues. But he does argue that one of the bedrock principles of democracy, what he calls "public reason," may now be undermined by a narrowing of public discourse. One of the invaluable consequences of democracy has always been the public debate over conflicting ideas. He worries that in the United States this tradition may erode.

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  • Amartya Sen, 2003. "Common Cultures," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(4), pages 6-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:46:y:2003:i:4:p:6-20
    DOI: 10.1080/05775132.2003.11034208

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