Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism / Edition 1

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Although few want to deny the importance of individual rights, many political theorists have recently complained that their importance has been greatly over-emphasized. The result, as they see it, is an excessive individualism that blinds people to the needs of the community or state to which they belong. We should be less concerned with our rights, in their view, and more concerned with our responsibilities. Those who advanced this view typically argue against liberalism. In Civic Virtues, a compelling addition to the distinguished Oxford Political Theory series, Richard Dagger takes a different approach. Finding the proper relationship between rights and responsibilities requires us not to choose between liberalism and republicanism, he argues, but to unite them in a republican form of liberalism. Is such a marriage of republicanism and liberalism possible? Is it desirable? Dagger demonstrates how republican liberalism proceeds from a fundamental right of autonomy, to the recognition of interdependence and reciprocity, and on to the cultivation of the civic virtues of the public-spirited citizen. Indeed, republican liberalism promises not only to reconcile individual rights and civic duties, but to enhance political deliberation and the sense of community as well. Timely, vigorous, and accessibly written, Civic Virtues will be crucial interest to students of political philosophy and to all who hope to revive civic life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195106343
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Oxford Political Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The Possibility of Republican Liberalism 11
3 A Fundamental Right 25
4 The Right of Autonomy and the Bonds of Community 41
5 Political Obligation 61
6 Citizenship and the General Will 83
7 Encouraging Citizenship 98
8 Education, Autonomy, and Civic Virtue 117
9 Political Participation and the Problem of Apathy 132
10 Cities and Citizenship 154
11 Difference, Excellence, and Republican Liberalism 175
12 Civic Virtues and Republican Liberalism 194
Notes 203
Bibliography 235
Index 251
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