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A communitarian defense of liberalism : Emile Durkheim and contemporary social theory, Mark S. Cladis

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A communitarian defense of liberalism : Emile Durkheim and contemporary social theory
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A communitarian defense of liberalism
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Emile Durkheim and contemporary social theory
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Mark S. Cladis
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eng
Summary
"Community," "tradition," "the individual," terms that convey different meanings under different circumstances, stand out prominently in much of today's intellectual landscape. In social and political theory, and in religious studies, they figure conspicuously in the ongoing debates between liberals (champions of the individual) and communitarians (champions of the common good). With these debates in mind, and despite the potential conflict, the author has constructed a timely reading of Emile Durkheim that captures the benefits associated with both liberalism and communitarianism. The book explores fundamental issues concerning freedom, rights, authority, public moral education, the relation between the public and the private, and the role of social criticism in democracies. Isolating the merits and liabilities of both liberal and communitarian theories, the author demonstrates that we need not be in the position of having to choose between them. In the process of forging his via media, he engages with and sometimes challenges such contemporary theorists as Richard Rorty, Robert N. Bellah, Amy Gutmann, John Rawls, Alasdair MacIntyre, Jeffrey Stout, Michael Walzer, and Charles Taylor. The author's chief argument is that Durkheim develops a communitarian defense of liberalism. That defense addresses a host of issues: What is the normative relation between the private and the public, the individual and society? Are autonomy and authority irreconcilable? What is the social nature of knowledge, especially moral knowledge? Are moral discourse and the common good threatened by pluralism? Is public moral education coercive? What are the practices of social criticism? These issues are seen as joined by a single thread: the construction of a sophisticated sociohistorical account of modern democratic society that seeks to further the moral aims of liberalism and communitarianism. The author's normative model of liberalism describes individual rights and liberties as a salient feature of a socially entrenched common good. Liberalism, in this view, is construed as social traditions that morally unite individuals in common pursuits, including the preservation and extension of rights
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contains biographical information
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Cladis, Mark Sydney
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index present
LC call number
HM22.F8
LC item number
D774 1992
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non fiction
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  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Durkheim
  • Durkheim, Emile
  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Durkheim, Émile
  • Liberalism
  • Social ethics
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Communitarianism
  • Libéralisme
  • Morale sociale
  • Sociologie
  • Sociologie
  • Communitarianism
  • Liberalism
  • Social ethics
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Liberalisme
  • Sociale ethiek
  • Individu en samenleving
  • Sociologia (filosofia e teoria)
  • Liberalismo
  • Etica
  • Philosophie politique
  • Sociologie
  • Sociologie et philosophie
  • Morale sociale
  • Libéralisme (philosophie)
  • Liberalismus
  • France
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A communitarian defense of liberalism : Emile Durkheim and contemporary social theory, Mark S. Cladis
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-329) and index
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23 cm.
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viii, 339 pages
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9780804723657
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92010125
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (OCoLC)25632673
  • (OCoLC)ocm25632673
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A communitarian defense of liberalism : Emile Durkheim and contemporary social theory, Mark S. Cladis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 339 pages
Isbn
9780804723657
Lccn
92010125
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25632673
  • (OCoLC)ocm25632673

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