Introduction: Liberalism and the Dilemma of Public Education in Multicultural Societies

Walter Feinberg, Kevin McDonough

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


In the first section of this introductory essay, the dilemma of public education in liberal multicultural societies is introduced, and the aim of this book is outlined. This is described as an examination of some of the fundamental philosophical issues that give rise to conflicting views on public education in order to shed light on questions of educational policy in liberal-democratic societies. In two further sections, the essay focuses on outlining the philosophical and educational contexts that unify the subsequent essays and together clarify the purpose of the book as a whole. The essay concludes with an overview of the book.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCitizenship and Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies
Subtitle of host publicationTeaching for Cosmopolitan Values and Collective Identities
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191601972
ISBN (Print)9780199253661
StatePublished - Jan 20 2005


  • Educational issues
  • Educational policy
  • Liberal-democratic societies
  • Liberalism
  • Multicultural societies
  • Multiculturalism
  • Philosophical issues
  • Public education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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