New Communitarian Thinking: Persons, Virtues, Institutions and Communities / Edition 1

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Communitarian thought has been dismissed as, at best, little more than a corrective to the excesses of liberalism and, at worst, as a form of 'old-fashioned collectivism.' This volume aims to provide an account of communitarian thought which answers charges c=such as these while establishing communitarian philosophy as a robust theory in its own right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813915692
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Constitutionalism and Democracy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (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

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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Interviews & Essays


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