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 which can 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.
`This is an excellent collection essential for any modern Political Thought course.'
Dr P.J. Kelly, University College, Swansea
`The book ... succeeds in its intention of providing a valuable teaching resource.'
`Brings together key texts in an accessible, reasonably priced, collection.'
J.H. Kaler, University of Plymouth
`A very student-friendly, highly readable book which offers complex concepts in a comprehensible manner.'
Dr S. Stitt, John Moores University
The procedural republic and the unencumbered self, Michael Sandel; atomism, Charles Taylor; justice as a virtue - changing conceptions, Alasdair MacIntyre; membership, Michael Walzer; community and citizenship, David Miller; feminism and modern friendship - dislocating the community, Marilyn Friedman; communitarian critics of liberalism, Amy Gutmann; distributive justice, Robert Nozick; the liberal individual, David Gauthier; liberal individualism and liberal neutrality, Will Kymlicka; justice as fairness - political not metaphysical, John Rawls; liberal community, Ronald Dworkin.
Series: Oxford Readings in Politics and Government
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 20th February 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.34