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Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society

Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society

by Will Kymlicka and Simone Chambers

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 19/11/2001

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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 vanety 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
ISBN:
9780691087962
9780691087962
Category:
Social theory
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19-11-2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
248
Dimensions (mm):
235x152x14mm
Weight:
0.37kg

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