|(WP-08-F99) "Liberalism and the Dilemmas of Value Pluralism"|
David B. Wong
In this paper, I address the liberal dilemmas of value pluralism. The liberalism in question is associated with recognition of a plurality of ways of life that in some sense are equally justifiable or worthy of being chosen. Among those ways of life, hopefully, one finds one's own way of life. As a liberal, one aims to continue one's commitment to that particular way of life and yet on the recognition that other ways of life are no less justifiable or worthy of being chosen. The dilemmas of value pluralism concern the tension involved in trying to do both these things at the same time. Reflection on the Chinese philosophers Hsün Tzu and Chuang Tzu leads me to propose an understanding of why pluralism poses less of a difficulty for doing both these things at the same time.