Community and Political Thought Today

Community and Political Thought Today


By (author) Peter A. Lawler, By (author) Dale D. McConkey


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  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 243mm x 26mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 027596096X
  • ISBN 13: 9780275960964
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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There is a crisis in America revolving around social and political life, and the contributors to this essay collection believe it has provoked a renewed attention to the issue of community in political thought. The 14 essays approach the question of community and political thought from a variety of perspectives, ranging from political philosophy to social theory. All the essays, however, share the concern of the opening essay by Hertzke and McRorie about moral ecology, or determining what is required for a vital and free social and political life and preserving it from erosion by individualism in its various forms. Two of the essays, by Jardine and Stier, deal with understanding the communitarian impulse. Three, by Frohnen, Stone, and Woolfolk, evaluate perhaps the first major contribution to the communitarian movement, Habits of the Heart. While McClay's chapter seeks to restore the connection between federalism and communitarianism, Sharpe's essay connects the liberal-communitarian debate to the classic works of de Tocqueville and Arendt. Two essays, by Knippenberg and Lawler, criticize the quirky communitarianism of America's leading professor of philosophy, Richard Rorty. Lawler also criticizes Bloom for his similarity to Rorty, joining Nichols in her discussion of Bloom's excessive debt to Rousseau. McDaniel and Mahoney present unfashionable appreciations, not without criticism, of the achievement of Leo Strauss's illiberal if not exactly communitarian thought. Finally, Anderson discusses Raymond Aron's prudent opposition to the oxymoronic global community. This is a unique and significant collection for all students and researchers interested in contemporary social and political thought.

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Author information

PETER AUGUSTINE LAWLER is Professor of Political Science at Berry College, Georgia. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. DALE MCCONKEY is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Freshman Center at Berry College. He has written various works on the sociology of religion.