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Alternative conceptions of civil society
Chambers, Simone.

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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002.
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vi, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
The Ethikon series in comparative ethics

Ethikon series in comparative ethics.
Alternative conceptions of civil society / Simone Chambers and Will Kymlicka -- Civil society as idea and ideal / Adam B. Seligman -- Equality and civil society / Michael Walzer -- Classical liberalism and civil society / Loren E. Lomasky -- Does feminism need a conception of civil society? / Anne Phillips -- A critical theory of civil society / Simone Chambers -- Christianity and civil society / Michael Banner -- Natural law and civil society / Michael Pakaluk -- The Jewish tradition and civil society / Suzanne Last Stone -- Alternative conceptions of civil society: a reflective Islamic approach / Hasan Hanafi -- Confucian conceptions of civil society / Richard Madsen -- Conclusion: are civil societies the transmission belts of ethical tradition? / Michael A. Mosher.


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The idea of civil society has long been central to the Western liberal-democratic tradition, where it has been seen as a crucial site for the development and pursuit of basic liberal values such as individual freedom, social pluralism, and democratic citizenship. This book considers how a host of other ethical traditions define civil society. Unlike most studies of the subject, which focus on a particular region or tradition, it considers a range of ethical traditions rarely addressed in one volume: libertarianism, critical theory, feminism, liberal egalitarianism, natural law, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Confucianism. It considers the extent to which these traditions agree or disagree on how to define civil society's limits and how to evaluate its benefits and harms.

A variety of distinguished advocates and interpreters of these traditions present in-depth explorations of how these various traditions think of ethical pluralism within societies, asking how a society should respond to diversity among its members. Together they produce a work rich with original insights on a wide range of subjects about which little has been written to date.

An excellent starting point for a comparative ethics of civil society, this book concludes that while the concept of civil society originated in the liberal tradition, it is quickly becoming an important focus for a truly cross-cultural dialogue. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Michael Banner, Hasan Hanafi, Loren E. Lomasky, Richard Madsen, Michael A. Mosher, Michael Pakaluk, Anne Philips, Adam B. Seligman, Suzanne Last Stone, and Michael Walzer.

Table of Contents

Simone Chambers and Will KymlickaAdam B. SeligmanMichael WalzerLoren E. LomaskyAnne PhillipsSimone ChambersMichael BannerMichael PakalukSuzanne Last StoneHasan HanafiRichard MadsenMichael A. Mosher
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Alternative Conceptions of Civil Societyp. 1
Part I
Chapter 1 Civil Society as Idea and Idealp. 13
Chapter 2 Equality and Civil Societyp. 34
Chapter 3 Classical Liberalism and Civil Societyp. 50
Part II
Chapter 4 Does Feminism Need a Conception of Civil Society?p. 71
Chapter 5 A Critical Theory of Civil Societyp. 90
Part III
Chapter 6 Christianity and Civil Societyp. 113
Chapter 7 Natural Law and Civil Societyp. 131
Part IV
Chapter 8 The Jewish Tradition and Civil Societyp. 151
Chapter 9 Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society: A Reflective Islamic Approachp. 171
Chapter 10 Confucian Conceptions of Civil Societyp. 190
Part V
Chapter 11 Conclusion: Are Civil Societies the Transmission Belts of Ethical Tradition?p. 207
Contributorsp. 231
Indexp. 233
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