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Boundaries and Allegiances

Samuel Scheffler

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257676
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600197 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257671.001.0001
Boundaries and Allegiances

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This book is a collection of 11 essays written from a perspective that is at once sympathetic towards, and critical of, liberalism and liberal political philosophy. The essays explore the capacity of liberal thought, and of the moral traditions on which it draws, to accommodate a variety of challenges posed by the changing circumstances of the modern world. Scheffler considers how, in an era of rapid globalization, we can best conceive of the responsibilities of individual agents and the normative significance of people's diverse commitments and allegiances. Some of the essays are primarily concerned with the role of individual desert in liberal theory. Others focus on the nature of people's special responsibilities to their families, communities, and societies, and assess the compatibility of such responsibilities with liberal ideas of justice and equality. Still others deal with the possibility of developing a liberal conception of justice that acknowledges the normative significance of social and global interdependencies, while reaffirming the values of personal life and the continuing importance of ideas of individual responsibility.

Keywords: community; desert; equality; globalization; justice; liberalism; political philosophy; responsibility; special responsibilities

Book.  228 pages. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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Introduction in Boundaries and Allegiances

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Families, Nations, and Strangers * in Boundaries and Allegiances

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Relationships and Responsibilities * in Boundaries and Allegiances

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Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism * in Boundaries and Allegiances

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