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The Intrinsic And Instrumental Values Of Diversity: Some Philosophical And Legal Considerations

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This chapter discusses two basic values - intrinsic and instrumental values - that exist in the world and illustrate, in a more or less impressionistic way, how these values may manifest themselves in matters relating to diversity and how conflicts in general and conflicts specifically relating to diversity can be seen as conflicts of these values. Diversity is a phenomenon in the world which possesses both intrinsic and instrumental values that can be identified. In the context of diversity, several instruments have shown their recognition of the intrinsic and instrumental values of a thing or phenomenon and the distinction between them. One cannot but agree that one of the most important contemporary concerns of the community of nations is cultural diversity, as is made clear in the UNESCO Convention and other international rules and principles such as the UNESCO Declaration and human rights law.

Keywords: cultural diversity; human rights law; instrumental values; intrinsic values; UNESCO



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