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Title:The Liberalism-Communitarianism Debate: A Neo-Hegelian Aufhebung
Author(s):Dickson, Eric Joshua
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Richard Schacht
Department / Program:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, General
Abstract:The central issues in dispute between the liberals and communitarians arise from the social nature of individuals. Communitarians claim that this aspect of our nature requires a methodology that is rooted in the traditions and customs of particular societies. The substantive conclusions of this methodology should involve public policies for achieving a community in which individuals recognize that they belong to a common pursuit of a conception of the good. Liberals reject these proposals from concerns of both cultural relativism and state paternalism. I argue that a neo-Hegelian approach is sensitive to both sides of the dispute. My approach includes particular features of our Western democratic societies while also working with freedom as the fundamental political value; hence I combine communitarian particularity with the liberal emphasis on freedom. At the same time, I combine substantive policies for social unity with individual rights under a revised Hegelian account of the concept of freedom.
Issue Date:2008
Description:272 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314761
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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