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The Communitarian Persuasion [Paperback]

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The communitarian movement aims to balance the individual liberties prized by modernity with the health of the community in which those liberties are exercised. The movement arose in 1980s America--a society asserting, on the left, personal self-realization and, on the right, unrestrained capitalism and distrust of government, both sides assailing social institutions.

In The Communitarian Persuasion esteemed thinker Philip Selznick shows how the communitarian response to such pressures is not opposition but integration. "Communities have this remarkable feature: they build upon and are nourished by other unities, which are persons, groups, practices, and institutions. What we prize in community is not unity of any sort at any price, but unity that preserves the integrity of the parts."

Selznick situates communitarianism as a public philosophy and relates the communitarian project to key social and political questions raised by the recent transformations of modern life. He also reflects on the appropriate demands of the common good and on religious faith's contributions to community. Readers new to communitarian ideas and readers long acquainted with them will find The Communitarian Persuasion well worth their attention.

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Pages   165
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2002
Publisher   Woodrow Wilson Center Press
ISBN  1930365063  
ISBN13  9781930365063  

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More About Philip Selznick

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philip Selznick is professor emeritus of law and sociology, School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, including Law, Society, and Industrial Justice (with Philippe Nonet and Howard M. Vollmer), and The Moral Commonwealth: Social Theory and the Promise of Community.

Philip Selznick was born in 1919.

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Much More than an Introduction--A Summary Worldview  Feb 5, 2005
This is an important work from a noted scholar for those reading in civil society, sociology, law, political theory, organizations, and related areas. It is a brief book but it deserves careful reading. Selznick is able to write in a very rich and deep style that can mimmick lightness if not taken seriously. It is not light, though it is elegantly straightforward. It is the sort of work that deserves very close attention almost sentence by sentence.

This will surely be an essential introduction to communitarianism for generations and offers a reader looking for insights on a coherent, engaged, moral way to live, a solid set of clues on how that objective might be realized.
Terrific Book- Philip Selznick Provides Divine Perspective  Jan 2, 2005
The Communitarian Persuasion by Philip Selznick is an absolutely wonderful masterpiece, providing the reader with deep, thorough explanations and flowing sentences. This is an absolute must-read for anyone studying or interested in socialogy.

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