Language, dignity, and territory

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This article raises two critical concerns about Philippe Van Parijs's recent book. First, I argue that Van Parijs lacks a convincing account of why global English poses a threat to parity of esteem for other linguistic communities. I argue that English threatens the dignity of speakers of other languages only because background power inequalities are driving its adoption. Second, I question whether linguistic territoriality is the right way to restore parity of esteem. I show that official multilingualism provides a superior approach to managing linguistic heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-190
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • dignity
  • language
  • multilingualism
  • territory
  • Van Parijs


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