Communitarianism and Individualism

Paperback | April 1, 1992

EditorShlomo Avineri, Avner De-shalit

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In the last decade much contemporary political and moral thought has been devoted to the debate between communitarianism and individualism. While individualists advocate the notions of rights, neutrality, and impartiality, and see society as a voluntary association for mutual advantage,communitarians argue that individuals are never detached from their society, culture, and history and that if they are to be properly understood they must first be examined in these contexts. Moreover communitarians claim that individualism makes it impossible to achieve a genuine community whichcan offer its members a just distribution of goods and morally meaningful life. The essays collected in this volume reflect the many facets of this debate and examine its implications for the political arena. They cover a wide spectrum of thought and opinion and include work by Ronald Dworkin, Marilyn Friedman, David Gauthier, Amy Gutmann, Will Kymlicka, Alasdair MacIntyre,David Miller, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, and Michael Walzer.

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In the last decade much contemporary political and moral thought has been devoted to the debate between communitarianism and individualism. While individualists advocate the notions of rights, neutrality, and impartiality, and see society as a voluntary association for mutual advantage,communitarians argue that individuals are never de...

Shlomo Avineri and Avner De-Shalit are both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198780281

ISBN - 13:9780198780281

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Michael Sandel: The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self2. Charles Taylor: Atomism3. Alisdair MacIntyre: Justice as a Virtue: Changing Conceptions4. Michael Walzer: Membership5. David Miller: Community and Citizenship6. Marilyn Friedman: Feminism and Modern Friendship: Dislocating the Community7. Amy Gutmann: Communitarian Critics of Liberalism8. Robert Nozick: Distributive Justice9. David Gauthier: The Liberal Individual10. Will Kymlicka: Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality11. John Rawls: Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical12. Ronald Dworkin: Liberal Community

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`A very student-friendly, highly readable book which offers complex concepts in a comprehensible manner.'Dr S. Stitt, John Moores University