Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality

  title={Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality},
  author={Will Kymlicka},
  pages={883 - 905}
A distinctive feature of contemporary liberal theory is its emphasis on "neutrality" -the view that the state should not reward or penalize particular conceptions of the good life but, rather, should provide a neutral framework within which different and potentially conflicting conceptions of the good can be pursued. Liberal neutrality has been criticized from many angles, but I will be concerned here only with the connection critics draw between neutrality and individualism, particularly in… 

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