Communitarianism and Its Critics / Edition 1

Communitarianism and Its Critics / Edition 1

by Daniel A. Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198279221

ISBN-13: 9780198279228

Pub. Date: 12/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Many have criticized liberalism for being too individualistic, but few have offered an alternative that goes beyond a vague affirmation of the need for community. In this entertaining book, written in dialogue form, Daniel Bell fills this gap, presenting and defending a distinctively communitarian theory against the objections of a liberal critic. Drawing on the

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Many have criticized liberalism for being too individualistic, but few have offered an alternative that goes beyond a vague affirmation of the need for community. In this entertaining book, written in dialogue form, Daniel Bell fills this gap, presenting and defending a distinctively communitarian theory against the objections of a liberal critic. Drawing on the works of such thinkers as Charles Taylor, Michael Sandel, and Alasdair MacIntyre, Bell attacks liberalism's individualistic view of the person by pointing to our social embeddedness. He develops Michael Walzer's idea that political thinking involves the interpretation of shared meanings emerging from the political life of a community, and intelligently rebuts criticism that this approach damages his case by being conservative and relativistic. Communitarianism and Its Critics is a provocative defense of a distinctly communitarian theory which will stimulate interest and debate among scholars and students of political theory as well as those approaching the subject for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198279228
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
In Defence of the Dialogue Form21
Act I: A Communitarian Critique of Liberal Foundations24
Act II: Political Theorizing as the Interpretation of a Community's Shared Understandings55
Act III: A Communitarian Moral Vision and Some Political Consequences90
Act IV: On the Importance of the Nation124
Act V: A Discussion about the Value of Language-Based Communities, the Gay Community, and the Family156
Appendix 1: Some Questions about Justice and Community208
Appendix 2: A Reply222
Bibliography237
Index247

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