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Communitarianism, Interpretation and Politics

Elizabeth Frazer

in The Problems of Communitarian Politics

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295648
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599316 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295642.003.0004
 Communitarianism, Interpretation and Politics

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Communitarianism in political theory has been connected with interpretivism and the hermeneutic tradition: the nature of this relationship, epistemological, metaphysical, methodological, and ethical, is explored. Disputes about the method of interpretation, and about issues of validity, are discussed. Communitarians have tended to emphasize the theme of ‘agreement’ and co‐membership of community as the ground for interpretation. An alternative analysis of interpretation emphasizes disagreement and indeterminacy, and the role of political power. Thus it is suggested that there is a pronounced tension between communitarianism and interpretation.

Keywords: hermeneutics; interpretivism; membership; political power

Chapter.  11032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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