The political value of languages
Title: The political value of languages
Author: BAUBÖCK, Rainer
Citation: Critical review of international social and political philosophy, 2015, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 212-223
ISSN: 1369-8230; 1743-8772
A theory of linguistic justice needs to take into account the three distinct values of language as a medium for communication, as a source of individual identity and as an instrument for political self-government. Doing so would undermine Van Parijs’ claim that political borders and peoples should be downgraded to a purely instrumental role for purposes of social justice. But it would widen the scope of egalitarian global justice by including a universal right of individuals to membership self-governing polities and it could provide more solid theoretical foundations for his defence of coercive territorial language regimes.
Published online: 22 May 2015
Type of Access: openAccess
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