Civil Society and Government / Edition 1

Civil Society and Government / Edition 1

by Nancy L. Rosenblum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691088020

ISBN-13: 9780691088020

Pub. Date: 12/03/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Civil Society and Government brings together an unprecedented array of political, ethical, and religious perspectives to shed light on the complex and much-debated relationship between civil society and the state. Some argue that civil society is a bulwark against government; others see it as an indispensable support for government. Civil society has been

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Civil Society and Government brings together an unprecedented array of political, ethical, and religious perspectives to shed light on the complex and much-debated relationship between civil society and the state. Some argue that civil society is a bulwark against government; others see it as an indispensable support for government. Civil society has been portrayed both as a independent of the state and as dependent upon it. This book reveals the extraordinary diversity of views on the subject by examining how civil society has been treated in classical liberalism, liberal egalitarianism, critical theory, feminism, natural law, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Confucianism.

The volume draws on the work of eminent scholars to address six questions: In terms of function and consequences, does it matter where the line is drawn between civil society and the state? What is the relationship of civil society to the state? In what contexts and under what conditions should government interact with individuals directly or instead indirectly through communal associations? What are the prerogatives and duties of citizenship, and what is the role of civil society in forming good citizens? How should a society handle the conflicts that sometimes arise between the demands of citizenship and those of membership in the non-governmental associations of civil society?

A theoretical introduction by the editors—political theorist Nancy Rosenblum and legal scholar Robert Post—and a conclusion by religious ethicist Richard Miller, tie the book together. In addition to Rosenblum, the contributors are Kenneth Baynes, David Biale, John Coleman, Farhad Kazemi, John Kelsay, William Galston, Will Kymlicka, Tom Palmer, Fred Miller, Susan Moller Okin, Peter Nosco, Henry Rosemont, Steven Scalet, David Schmidtz, William Sullivan, Max Stackhouse, Stephen White, and Noam Zohar.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691088020
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2001
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.03(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
State, Civil Society, and Classical Liberalism26
Classical Liberalism and Civil Society: Definitions, History, and Relations48
Civil Society and Government: A Liberal-Egalitarian Perspective79
Liberal Egalitarianism: A Family of Theories, Not a Single View111
A Critical Theory Perspective on Civil Society and the State123
Skeptics at the Celebration: Civil Society and the Early Frankfurt School146
Feminist Perspectives on Civil Society and Government151
Comment on Nancy Rosenblum's "Feminist Perspectives on Civil Society and Government"179
Natural Law, Civil society, and Government187
Natural Law: A Response216
A Limited State and a Vibrant Society: Christianity and Civil Society223
Christianity, Civil Society, and the State: A Protestant Response255
Civil Society and Government: Seeking Judaic Insights265
Response to Noam Zohar280
Civil Society and Government in Islam284
Perspectives on Islam and Civil Society317
Confucian Perspectives on Civil Society and Government334
Commentary and Addenda on Nosco's "Confucian Perspectives on Civil Society and Government"360
Overview: The Virtues and Vices of Civil Society370
Contributors397
Index401

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