Political Theorizing and Policy Implications: The Case of a Rawlsian Approach to Multicultural Education

Masakazu Matsumoto


This article provides a philosophical foundation for the legitimacy of multicultural education by developing the analyses of Rawlsian political philosophy. For Rawls the most important primary good is that of self-respect, and this can be reinterpreted to make a convincing argument for multicultural education, provided that it has a strong connection to cultural minorities' sense of self-respect. After clarifying this connection, this article addresses the objection raised against the idea of equating multicultural education with a social basis of students' self-respect. It ends with a brief overview of a recent example of multicultural education in Japan.


Rawls, justice, self-respect, immigrant children in Japan

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v15i1.559

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