“It [pluralism] does not mean that we want to eliminate our differences or erase our distinctions.
What it does mean is that we connect with one another in order to learn from one another, and to build our future together.”
– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
at the opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism
May 24th 2017 by M.D. | OTTAWA
ON MAY 16th the Aga Khan (pictured, left), the spiritual leader to 15m of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims, opened a Global Centre for Pluralism in Canada. The centre, which in a nice bit of symbolism occupies what was once a war museum in Ottawa, is meant to be a hub for research and conferences on pluralism. But what exactly does that mean?
The word can be defined in so many different ways that the organisers of the opening decided to show a video—“What is Pluralism?” — to clear things up.
One common definition is the state of having more than one of anything … A third comes from philosophy and is the recognition of many principles, rather than an ultimate one.
… The dictionary definition that comes closest to what the new Canadian centre has in mind is the toleration or acceptance of multiple opinions, values and theories.
… The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, a 26-year research project meant to educate future leaders, uses a similar definition [as that of the Aga Khan quoted above].
Read the complete story at The Economist | The Economist explains > What is pluralism?
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali