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Civic Virtues : Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism - Richard Dagger

Civic Virtues

Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism

Paperback Published: 19th June 1997
ISBN: 9780195106343
Number Of Pages: 272

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Seemingly there is no political debate which does not devolve into an argument over rights. For centuries a cornerstone of liberal theory, rights claims have become so over-used as to blur cases of real abuse. In this study, Dagger argues for a republican liberalism that, while celebrating the liberal heritage of autonomy and rights, solidly places these within social relations and obligations, which while ubiquitous, are often obscured and forgotten. This book is intended for scholars and students of American politics and history, particularly of political theory.

"The book is beautifully written, elegantly organised and it achieves with splendid efficiency all of the goals that it sets for itself. I recommend it warmly."--Mind "The arguments in this book, both interpretive and analytical, are consistently careful, modest, astute, and helpful. The version of liberalism in Civic Virtues is certainly an attractive one, and it very effectively makes the point that the virtues of citizenship must be an abiding theme for all students of political philosophy, those who follow Rawls as much as those who follow Rousseau."--American Political Science Review "...an important work given the growing interest in active citizenship....Dagger's book makes a very important contribution to our understanding of citizenship through its clear demonstration that state promotion of civic virtue is compatible with individual autonomy."--Political Studies "Dagger's book deserves to be read by all those who are interested in enlarging the boundaries of liberalism in the direction of a more communitarian politics."--The Responsive Community "Dagger's important new book...will repay the attention of both republican and liberal thinkers who share Dagger's avid desire to conceive of the polity as a cooperative practice governed by the principles of fair play as it pursues common goods. [It] will have a particular appeal to thinkers who share his equally avid desire to put theory to the service of political and moral practice."--Ethics "The book is beautifully written, elegantly organised and it achieves with splendid efficiency all of the goals that it sets for itself. I recommend it warmly."--Mind "The arguments in this book, both interpretive and analytical, are consistently careful, modest, astute, and helpful. The version of liberalism offered in Civic Virtues is certainly an attractive one, and it very effectively makes the point that the virtues of citizenship must be an abiding theme for all students of political philosophy ...."--American Political Science Review "...an important work given the growing interest in active citizenship....Dagger's book makes a very important contribution to our understanding of citizenship through its clear demonstration that state promotion of civic virtue is compatible with individual autonomy."--Political Studies "Daggar's book deserves to be read by all those who are interested in enlarging the boundaries of liberalism in the direction of a more communitarian politics."--The Responsive Community

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Rights and Obligationsp. 9
The Possibility of Republican Liberalismp. 11
A Fundamental Rightp. 25
The Right of Autonomy and the Bonds of Communityp. 41
Political Obligationp. 61
Citizenshipp. 81
Citizenship and the General Willp. 83
Encouraging Citizenshipp. 98
Education, Autonomy, and Civic Virtuep. 117
Political Participation and the Problem of Apathyp. 132
Cities and Citizenshipp. 154
Republican Liberalismp. 173
Difference, Excellence, and Republican Liberalismp. 175
Civic Virtues and Republican Liberalismp. 194
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780195106343
ISBN-10: 0195106342
Series: Oxford Political Theory (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th June 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.41  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.4