Why the Civil Society is Not Good Enough

13 Pages Posted: 4 May 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: October 7, 2005


This article distinguishes the communitarian social position from the liberal and conservative ones, and discusses its focus on the good society, which is more expansive than civil society. For communitarians, the good society fosters shared moral understanding and is hence not value-neutral. Indeed, the good society is centered on a core of substantive values. The article suggests that the concept of a good society can fill the normative void inherent in the definition of civil society. Modern societies have increasingly been faced with a moral vacuum; provided societies must uphold some values, the remaining question is — which values?

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Why the Civil Society is Not Good Enough (October 7, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2948729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2948729

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