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The good, the bad and the ambiguous

Julia Gallagher

in Britain and Africa Under Blair

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085000
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702253 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085000.003.0004
The good, the bad and the ambiguous

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This chapter develops a theoretical underpinning of the reconnection of the state to a source of good. It first looks at communitarian ideas that locate good within the community and its relationships. These ideas need to grapple with the problem of locating both the good and the political within the same human realm. Emile Durkheim explains the need for a source of pure good—and locates it in the sacred beliefs and practices shared by members of the community. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, in his exploration of a new form of ideal republic, discusses the idea of the ‘good state’. This chapter also discusses the issues raised by the communitarians in relation to the work of psychoanalyst Melanie Klein. It describes Klein's work as it relates to the role of relationships and the good in the development of subjectivity. It borrows an international relations tradition of seeing the state as an individual which relates to other individual states.

Keywords: state; good; community; political; Emile Durkheim; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Melanie Klein; subjectivity; international relations; good state

Chapter.  7508 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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