New Communitarian Thinking: Persons, Virtues, Institutions and Communities

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Communitarian thought is at the heart of a fierce debate in political theory about the justice, efficacy, and future of liberalism and liberal societies. Amitai Etzioni has collected a sterling list of contributors who bring communitarian thinking to bear on such timely and contentious issues as abortion, homosexuality, free speech, and personal autonomy. These essays cross disciplinary lines and connect the ivory tower to the world beyond.

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Overview

Communitarian thought is at the heart of a fierce debate in political theory about the justice, efficacy, and future of liberalism and liberal societies. Amitai Etzioni has collected a sterling list of contributors who bring communitarian thinking to bear on such timely and contentious issues as abortion, homosexuality, free speech, and personal autonomy. These essays cross disciplinary lines and connect the ivory tower to the world beyond.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813915647
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Constitutionalism and Democracy Series
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Amitai Etzioni is Professor of History at George Washington University. He is founding editor of the journal Responsive Community.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Old Chestnuts and New Spurs 16
1 Communitarian Liberalism 37
2 The Communitarian Critique of Liberalism 52
3 Moral Argument and Liberal Toleration: Abortion and Homosexuality 71
4 Community: Reflections on Definition 88
5 The Communitarian Individual 99
6 Personhood and Moral Obligation 110
7 Human Nature and the Quest for Community 126
8 Virtue, the Common Good, and Democracy 143
9 The Virtues of Democratic Self-Constraint 154
10 Institutions as the Infrastructure of Democracy 170
11 Liberal Politics and the Public Sphere 183
12 Free Speech and Free Press: A Communitarian Perspective 218
13 American Conceptions of Citizenship and National Service 233
14 Immigration and Political Community in the United States 259
Notes 283
About the Authors 310
Index 311
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