Person and Community: In Defense of Moderate Communitarianism

Kwame Gyekye

in Tradition and Modernity

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112252
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853069 | DOI:
Person and Community: In Defense of Moderate Communitarianism

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The chapter discusses the unresolved predicament of the most considerable level of connection between the society and its members that would be beneficial to both agents. Before generating conclusions, described here are the moral definition of personhood subject to the premises of the normative perspective and the distinction between a person and an individual (that is, considering the former as socially embedded in a partial mode and the latter as isolated from the community). It is argued that the commitment of individuals to their rights and responsibilities as constituents of a larger group will determine the amount of resources and level of freedom that will be granted upon them. Meaning, political awareness and involvement in the society are vital to the evaluation of institutions, the harmony between and among organizations and the overall well-being of individuals.

Keywords: society; personhood; person; individuals; rights; responsibilities; freedom; political awareness; well-being; communitarianism

Chapter.  22089 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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