Individuals, Communities, and Postmodernism: Some Notes

John Finnis

in Philosophy of Law

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580088
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729409 | DOI:
Individuals, Communities, and Postmodernism: Some Notes

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This chapter offers a brief discussion of a draft paper by Daniel Ortiz, focusing on whether individuals or communities should be the unit of political and social analysis. It is hazardous to discuss this in terms of individual ‘sovereignty’. Better analyses of the relation between individual and group are available, and talk of sovereignty systematically obscures the distinction between ‘is’ and ‘ought’.Nor is the category of ‘contradiction’ very appropriate for considering, even clearly normatively, that relation. Some observations are offered about Duncan Kennedy, Dworkin, Richard Rorty, and Whitman's pantheism and apparent optimism about reason and spirit.

Keywords: postmodernism; Duncan Kennedy; Rorty; Dworkin; Whitman; units of social analysis; contradiction; sovereignty

Chapter.  3237 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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