Principles for the Linguistic Justice of Europe Philippe Van Parijs on Justice, Fairness and Respect among Languages
(Reinier Salverda) The Low Countries - 2012, № 20, pp. 283-285
People often regard European multilingualism as an issue of power, of might is right. Not so Van Parijs, the Belgian political philosopher. He develops for the actual reduction of unfairness principles of cooperation, parity of esteem and the territorial principle (“In France one speaks French”). At the same time he advocates an acceleration of the spread of English as lingua franca everywhere on grounds of democracy, access, fair distribution and egalitarianism.
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