Communitarianism

[Revised entry by Daniel Bell on March 21, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Modern-day communitarianism began in the upper reaches of Anglo-American academia in the form of a critical
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[Revised entry by Daniel Bell on March 21, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Modern-day communitarianism began in the upper reaches of Anglo-American academia in the form of a critical reaction to John Rawls' landmark 1971 book A Theory of Justice (Rawls 1971). Drawing primarily upon the insights of Aristotle and Hegel, political philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor and Michael Walzer disputed Rawls' assumption that the principal task of government is to secure and distribute fairly the...

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