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Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society : Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics - Simone Chambers

Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society

Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics

By: Simone Chambers (Editor), Will Kymlicka (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th December 2001
ISBN: 9780691087962
Number Of Pages: 248

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The idea of civil society has long been central to the Western liberal-democratic tradition, where it has been seen as a crucial site for the development and pursuit of basic liberal values such as individual freedom, social pluralism, and democratic citizenship. This book considers how a host of other ethical traditions define civil society. Unlike most studies of the subject, which focus on a particular region or tradition, it considers a range of ethical traditions rarely addressed in one volume: libertarianism, critical theory, feminism, liberal egalitarianism, natural law, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Confucianism. It considers the extent to which these traditions agree or disagree on how to define civil society's limits and how to evaluate its benefits and harms.

A variety of distinguished advocates and interpreters of these traditions present in-depth explorations of how these various traditions think of ethical pluralism within societies, asking how a society should respond to diversity among its members. Together they produce a work rich with original insights on a wide range of subjects about which little has been written to date.

An excellent starting point for a comparative ethics of civil society, this book concludes that while the concept of civil society originated in the liberal tradition, it is quickly becoming an important focus for a truly cross-cultural dialogue. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Michael Banner, Hasan Hanafi, Loren E. Lomasky, Richard Madsen, Michael A. Mosher, Michael Pakaluk, Anne Philips, Adam B. Seligman, Suzanne Last Stone, and Michael Walzer.

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"Scholars concerned with these questions will benefit enormously from this highly recommended collection. It is unique among the many books on the topic of civil society and it deserves a wide, appreciative readership."--Jerome P. Baggett, Religious Studies Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Alternative Conceptions of Civil Societyp. 1
Civil Society as Idea and Idealp. 13
Equality and Civil Societyp. 34
Classical Liberalism and Civil Societyp. 50
Does Feminism Need a Conception of Civil Society?p. 71
A Critical Theory of Civil Societyp. 90
Christianity and Civil Societyp. 113
Natural Law and Civil Societyp. 131
The Jewish Tradition and Civil Societyp. 151
Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society: A Reflective Islamic Approachp. 171
Confucian Conceptions of Civil Societyp. 190
Conclusion: Are Civil Societies the Transmission Belts of Ethical Tradition?p. 207
Contributorsp. 231
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780691087962
ISBN-10: 0691087962
Series: Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 9th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35