Multiculturalism in the Cadre of English Empire: Edmund Burke as an Early Vindicator of Cultural Rights

By Christos Grigoriou.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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My purpose is to set the concept of multiculturalism in an early context and to focus my interest on the work of an early critic of colonialism. Even though it may seem paradoxical, one of the earliest defences of cultural difference and the claim for tolerance with regard to different cultural groups comes from the most famous opponent of abstract individual rights; it comes from one of the most known critics of Enlightenment thought; it comes from Edmund Burke. The argumentation I am referring to is found in the work which relates to his criticism on English misrule in India and his assault on Hastings. I will argue that in these writings one can find a stout defence of cultural rights and an impressive attempt towards the establishment of cross-cultural solidarity, with the conviction that Burke’ s copious work on India may be instructive in relation to the current speculation concerning multiculturalism.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, E. Burke, India, Colonialism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.155-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.216MB).

Christos Grigoriou

Athens, Greece


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