A Communitarian Defense of Liberalism: Emile Durkheim and Contemporary Social Theory

A Communitarian Defense of Liberalism: Emile Durkheim and Contemporary Social Theory

by Mark S. Cladis

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A Communitarian Defense of Liberalism: Emile Durkheim and Contemporary Social Theory by Mark S. Cladis

'Community, ' 'tradition, ' 'the individual', stand out prominently in today's intellectual landscape. In social and political theory and in religious studies they figure in the ongoing debates between liberals (champions of the individual) and communitarians (champions of the common good). With these debates and their potential conflict in mind, the author has constructed a timely reading of Emile Durkheim that captures the benefits associated with both liberalism and communitarianism. The book explores fundamental issues concerning freedom, rights, authority, public moral education, the relation between the public and the private, and the role of social criticism in democracies. Isolating the merits and liabilities of both liberal and communitarian theories, the author demonstrates that we need not be in the position of having to choose between them.

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ISBN-13: 9780804723657
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 05/01/1994
Series: Stanford Series in Philosophy
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.77(d)

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