Communities of Individuals: Liberalism, Communitarianism and Sartre's Anarchism

Communities of Individuals: Liberalism, Communitarianism and Sartre's Anarchism

by Michael J. R. Cross

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Communities of Individuals: Liberalism, Communitarianism and Sartre's Anarchism by Michael J. R. Cross

This title was first published in 2001: This book examines the liberal-communitarian debate from a new perspective. Communitarians argue that liberal theory neglects the significance of communities for the lives of their members. An examination of that argument reveals that there are deficiencies in the communitarian account of community. Identifying and remedying those deficiencies is the key concern of this book. Uniquely, this book addresses the deficiencies using Sartre's anarchist theory derived largely but not exclusively from an interpretation of the Critique of Dialectical Reason. Sartre champions the individual yet criticises liberalism. The tension arising from these two apparently disparate positions makes for a fruitful argument, enhanced by the connections made with Aristotelian and feminist theory, Hobbes and Rousseau. Finally, a method is developed for inquiring into the nature of associations which, it is argued, should interest communitarians concerned to avoid deficiencies in their account of community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351787154
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Series: Routledge Revivals
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction: an overview of the argument; Praxis, needs, scarcity and methodology; The communitarian case for community; Associations' and the natural environment; Forms and terms of association: series; Forms and terms of association: groups; Praxis, communitarianism and beyond; Conclusion: the dialectic and the communitarian community; Bibliography; Index.

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