The title of this volume is the critical and provocative question - do we need minority rights? - in order to announce that it does make sense to
ask whether there are special obligations to minority protection. The following essays, none of which is published elsewhere, explore several of the many important philosophical questions about minority protection, as well as the practical and judicial problems related to certain answers. The first four essays concern minority rights within the theory of liberalism, while the last four focus on more detailed problems of minority protection.
1. Is a Membership-Blind Model of Justice False by Definition? J. Räikkä. 2. Culture Vultures and the Re-Enchantment of Citizenship; W. Cooper. 3. The Rationale of Minority Rights: Wishes Rather than Needs? M. Galenkamp. 4. Minority Rights: A Liberal Contractualist Case; A. Føllesdal. 5. Memory, History and Membership: The Moral Claims of Marginalized Groups in Political Representation; M. Williams. 6. On the Content of Minority Rights; J. Packer. 7. Environmental Justice and Minority Ecological Rights; P. Swan. 8. How not to Argue for Gay Rights; J.F. Corvino. Contributors. Index of Subjects.