Gewirth: community, rights, values

Lynn Dobson

in Supranational Citizenship

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719069529
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781702154 | DOI:
Gewirth: community, rights, values

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This chapter provides an analytical discussion of some major themes in Gewirth's Community of Rights and Self-Fulfillment. The focus of the chapter is on how rights- and duty-bearing agents interact to create political community, and how the rights to freedom and well-being posited by his moral theory include the right to develop a conception of the good life to be pursued through political community. Such a community will enable capacity-fulfilment, self-respect, and self-esteem. The chapter draws out of Gewirth's work the notion of a reasonable, situated, mutualist self, able to cooperate with other such selves to enact both the just and the good.

Keywords: Alan Gewirth; Community of Rights; Self-Fulfillment; Rights and duties; The Good; Self; Political Community; Capacity; Mutual; Reasonable

Chapter.  4885 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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