On Social and Moral Revival
16 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2012
Date Written: September 1, 2001
Assuming that American society (and to a lesser extent other Western societies) has experienced a breakdown of community, how may it be resurrected? Will it suffice to reweave the frayed social bonds, or is the recreation of a moral culture also essential? If such a culture is needed, does the breakdown allow us to fashion one from scratch, or must it be constructed on the old foundations? Can this culture be formed through reasoned deliberations or must it be formed through some rather different social processes? And can there be a moral culture yet one that is "nonjudgmental"? I will draw upon the relevant points of three important books that speak to these issues but no comprehensive review of their texts is provided.
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