Religion, Pluralism, and the Problem of Living Together in the Light of Kymlicka’s Thoughts

An Overlapping Consensus or A Modus Vivendi?

Keywords: Modernism, postmodernism, religion, living together, modus vivendi, overlapping consensus


Today’s societies face the minorities that want recognition and respect for cultural differences. Kymlicka names it the challenge of multiculturalism. It is considered that identity and recognition problems have recently come to the fore because of a transformation in the perception of subject, truth, reason caused by postmodernism. Kymlicka claims that even if it is more difficult to live together today, it is not because of the so-called post-truth age. In his opinion, we have never reached absolute common grounds before, either. So, it is not true that we cannot get common grounds by we do not believe metaphysical truths anymore. He already believes that a sense of justice does not count on the metaphysical truths, but it can be based on social identities and a sense of belonging. So, he thinks that an overlapping consensus is possible. However, I will defend a different perspective about pluralism and living together. I think that modus vivendi is an undeniable universal fact. For this reason, an overlapping consensus as a model of living together can only be possible domestically at the expense of a global modus vivendi.

How to Cite
Erincik, Selçuk. 2020. “Religion, Pluralism, and the Problem of Living Together in the Light of Kymlicka’s Thoughts”. Entelekya Logico-Metaphysical Review 4 (1), 45-77.