Communitarian Elements in Select Works of Martin Buber
Journal of Value Inquiry, No. 33: pp. 151-169.
16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2018
Date Written: June 1999
Adopting the neo-communitarian position in favor of a balance between the social responsibility of the person and the universality of individual rights, Amitai Etzioni highlights the communitarian elements of Buber's thought, based on the didactic relation between "I and you" as the historical and cultural principle of the community. Examining the holistic approach of the community comprising in a relationship with the person, and comparing the liberal notion of deliberation with the notion of authentic dialogue in Buber, Etzioni shows that the amoral and non-normative position of the philosopher favors the small personal community over bureaucratic and state society.
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