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How to Respond to Conflicts Over Value Pluralism?

, See e.g. the painting from 1665 by the Dutch painter Jan Steen, The Feast of Saint Nicholas (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). Sinterklaas has recently turned into an annual slugfest of racial politics. To explain what it is all about, I quote from The Economist of December 6, 2014 : The problem is the figure of Zwarte Piet , an impish clown with a black face who accompanies the bearded St Nicholas ( Sinterklaas ) on his rounds, distributing presents and biscuits. The character is derived from 17th-century paintings of Moorish slaves, and many Dutch with African

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Pluralism and Conflict: The Debate about “Russian Values” and Politics of Identity

followed western models of behavior (this process started even before Peter the Great, in the middle of the 17 th century). By the beginning of the 19 th century, some representatives of the Russian aristocracy spoke better French than Russian. At the same time during the Napoleonic wars, a deeper understanding of the spirit of freedom inherent in the West brought about some transformation of what used to be a purely outward imitation. Thenceforth, the Russian intelligentsia did not limit itself to blindly imitating external behavior of the western elites – instead, it

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