A communitarian critique of human rights

Authored by: Amitai Etzioni

Handbook of Human Rights

Print publication date:  September  2011
Online publication date:  February  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415480239
eBook ISBN: 9780203887035
Adobe ISBN: 9781134019083


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Communitarianism is a rather small philosophical school. Communitarians share the view that liberalism (in the political science sense of the term), especially its focus on individual freedoms and rights, is at best a partial philosophy that leaves out the important concept of the good as communally defined. Communitarians hold that the concept of the good should be at the core of a robust philosophy. Nevertheless, scholars and advocates that are considered communitarians differ a great deal from one another; indeed, some dismiss the concept of human or individual rights altogether.

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