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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy|
|State||Published - Mar 4 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Van Parijs