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Intended Communities: MacIver, Macmurray and the Scottish Idealists

Cairns Craig

in Intending Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637133.003.0004
Intended Communities: MacIver, Macmurray and the Scottish Idealists

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This chapter discusses the differences between the state and the community and emphasises that these differences can be understood in their very different relations to ‘intention’, and to the nature of ‘intending’. It notes Macmurray's contribution to Freedom: Its Meaning, which insisted that the difference between a human being who is a person and a human being who is a function is that one is free — and is able to intend his or her actions — and the other is not. It notes that for this reason, MacIver and Macmurray were deeply concerned, both at a social and at a metaphysical level, with the issue of agency.

Keywords: state; community; MacIver; Macmurray; intention; agency

Chapter.  9687 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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