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Now Available! The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism by Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt

Telos Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism by Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt. Purchase your copy in our store, and save 20% off the list price.

In The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism, Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt examine the ideology and the reality of multiculturalism, assessing the implications of this controversial concept for contemporary politics. They explore many urgent issues, including the responses to the Muhammad cartoons, laws against blasphemy and the hijab, the Islamic ban on apostasy, and the growing restrictions on speech and religion that threaten the freedom that democracy ought to protect. This book is an erudite manifesto for freedom and a confrontation with any kind of attempt—be it left or right—to fence people within their cultures.

Critical Acclaim for The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism

“Who is allowed to say what and when? This is the central question that this superbly illuminating and spirited book takes up. Multiculturalism has taken modern liberalism hostage, and Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt show, in unsparing detail and fully drawn case studies, how we got here. . . . No other work I know of has depicted this landscape with such skill and authority—and no small amount of intellectual courage.”
—Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, and author of The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967

“. . . a very important book in this day and age. It provides a thorough, systematic survey and analysis of contemporary versions and trends within multiculturalism, discloses its origins, and looks at its place in current politics, philosophy, and religion. A book not to be missed by anybody interested in the state of the world. That means, not to be missed by anybody.”
—Vincent F. Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy, University of Copenhagen and Columbia University

“In this brilliant book, Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederik Stjernfelt, well known for their studies of Bosnia and Serbia, explore from both an empirical and a theoretical point of view what happens when culture becomes a political ideology.”
—Barry Smith, Julian Park Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Events

The authors will be in New York City from June 4–15 for a series of promotional events. For more information about these or other upcoming events, please visit www.telospress.com. To schedule an interview or event with the authors, please contact Meg McAllister by email at megmacpr@gmail.com.

· St. Marks Bookstore in New York, NY—Book Signing, June 5th, 7pm–9pm
· Danish Consulate in New York, NY—Book Signing, June 6th
· Center for Inquiry in Buffalo, NY—June 8th, 7pm–9pm

About the Authors

Jens-Martin Eriksen is a Danish writer based in Geneva who has won several literary awards including the lifelong Grant of Honor from the Danish Endowment for the Arts.

Frederik Stjernfelt is a professor in cognitive semiotics and cultural studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is a member of the Danish Academy of Letters as well as the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences.

To schedule an interview with the authors, please contact Meg McAllister of McAllister PR at megmacpr@gmail.com.

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