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The Diversity Rationale: The Intellectual Roots of an Ideal

Publisher: Philosophy & Public Quarterly, 26(3-4)
Page Numbers: 27-31

This paper briefly examines Mill, DuBois, and Nussbaum’s ideas related to the ideal of diversity, which shows that — though there exist tensions and complexities in their thinking and each views the ideal of diversity differently and assigns it a different social priority — for all three the ideal of diversity plays an important part in a democratic society. Taken together, they argue that the ideal of diversity is worth wanting because it enriches a democratic society and cultivates adults who can function more effectively as citizens of a complex, connected world.