Communitarianism Revisited

Journal of Political Ideologies, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3, 241-260

Posted: 3 Jan 2015  

Amitai Etzioni

George Washington University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This article provides a retrospective account and analysis of communitarianism. Drawing upon the author’s involvement with the political branch of communitarianism, it attempts to summarize both the history of the school of thought as well as its most prominent ideas. These include the communitarian emphasis on the common good; the effort to find an acceptable balance between individual rights and social responsibilities; the basis of social order; and the need to engage in substantive moral dialogues. The article closes with a discussion of cultural relativism according to which communities ought to be the ultimate arbitrators of the good and a universalistic position.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Communitarianism Revisited (2014). Journal of Political Ideologies, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3, 241-260. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2544696

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