Digest of terms

communitarianism

much moral philosophy has a strongly individualistic flavour, for example in theories of rights, justice, or autonomy, all prominent features of modern liberalism. Communitarianism seeks to redress the balance, or even to provide an alternative stance altogether, by emphasizing the social nature of personal identity and the importance of specifically communal goods. Emphases vary between conservative affirmation of the value of tradition on the one hand, and a more reformist political blend of social liberalism on the other. Implicit in these debates are likely to be different conceptions of what counts as a morally worthwhile community.

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