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ERIC Number: ED407321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
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Autonomy and Sovereignty as the Impossible Elements of a Well-Ordered Politics.
Harris, Will
This paper questions and reevaluates the individualism (liberalism) and communitarianism debate in terms of its core concepts' language and political theory. One of the major purposes of political theory is to aim for a neutral or perhaps universal or general language of politics and forms of polity. Political theory needs to attempt to get beneath the paradigms, to see how the same concepts with different meanings change to include alternative political universes, and show how these alternatives arise from a set of fundamental choices necessary for articulating any specific form of well-ordered polity. The political argument between liberalism and communitarianism is pushed by questioning the hidden theoretical commitments through a series of six propositions. In conclusion, liberalism is not seen as being the proper opponent to communitarianism and liberty and community are seen as not necessarily being in opposition. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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