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This chapter explores how different orientations within philosophy of education are reflected in the ways in which philosophers of education have engaged with multiculturalism. I discuss some central themes – including recognition, integration and the ideal of the common school – that have been addressed by philosophers of education writing on issues of multiculturalism and diversity. Focusing mainly on the analytic/Anglophone tradition, I consider the ways in which a rigorous philosophical engagement with educational policy and practice has both enriched and problematised central conceptual distinctions and positions within mainstream political philosophy. I conclude by reflecting on some historical shifts within the field, and draw on critical pedagogy and social justice pedagogy, as well as on a personal narrative, in reflecting on the tensions and complexities raised by a consideration of multiculturalism and the challenges they suggest for educators and philosophers of education.

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Suissa, J. (2018). Multiculturalism and Diversity. In: Smeyers, P. (eds) International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72761-5_60

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