Foundations of Civic Engagement: Rethinking Social and Political Philosophy
Ellis Ralph D

Foundations of Civic Engagement: Rethinking Social and Political Philosophy

  • Publish Date: 2006-08-30
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Ralph D. Ellis;Norman Fischer;James B. Sauer

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Foundations of Civic Engagement is a comprehensive survey and reassessment of the entire field of social and political philosophy. Suitable for use as a primary text for courses on political thought, this book explores the basic arguments of the most important historical and contemporary figures and offers a thematic critique and integration of these philosophies. This dynamic book includes in-depth discussions of Ancient Greek, modern and contemporary theories of communitarianism, social contract, feminism, classical liberal rights-based approaches, African American philosophy, postmodernism, Marxism, critical theory, and theories of communicative actions (e.g. Habermas). Throughout philosophical history, there is a tension between social development of the political personas in personalist, communitarian, feminist, postmodern, and Continental thoughtand the abstract contractual principles needed for impartial justice and freedom of conscience. This chasm can be bridged to some extent by combining ideal contractualism with the tools of feminist theory, discourse ethics, and critical theory. Foundations of Civic Engagement evaluates these tensions, as well as the criticisms and response to criticism for each theory, in order to promote open dialogue, analysis, and a realistic assessment of each philosophy.


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