Social Bonds as Freedom: Revisiting the Dichotomy of the Universal and the Particular

Social Bonds as Freedom: Revisiting the Dichotomy of the Universal and the Particular

By: Paul Dumouchel (editor), Reiko Gotoh (editor)Hardback

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Central to discussions of multiculturalism and minority rights in modern liberal societies is the idea that the particular demands of minority groups contradict the requirements of equality, anonymity, and universality for citizenship and belonging. The contributors to this volume question the significance of this dichotomy between the universal and the particular, arguing that it reflects how the modern state has instituted the basic rights and obligations of its members and that these institutions are undergoing fundamental transformations under the pressure of globalization. They show that the social bonds uniting groups constitute the means of our freedom, rather than obstacles to achieving the universal.

About Author

Paul Dumouchel is Professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He is the author of Le sacrifice inutile essai sur la violence politique (Paris: Flammarion, 2011) and The Ambivalence of Scarcity and Other Essays (Michigan State University Press, 2014) and co-edited with Rieko Gotoh Against Injustice the New Economics of Amartya Sen (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Reiko Gotoh is Professor at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. She is the author of Economical Philosophy of Justice: Rawls and Sen (Toyo Keizai Shinposha, 2002, in Japanese) and co-edited, with Paul Dumouchel, Against Injustice: The New Economics of Amartya Sen (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and, with Amartya Sen, Well-Being and Justice (University of Tokyo Press, 2008, in Japanese).


List of Tables Introduction: Of Bonds and Boundaries Paul Dumouchel & Reiko Gotoh Part I: Social bonds in transformation Chapter 1. Incompleteness and the Possibility of Making: Towards denationalized citizenship? Saskia Sassen Chapter 2. Justice and Culture: New contradictions in the era of techno-nihilistic capitalism Mauro Magatti Chapter 3. Bounded Justifiability: Making commonality on the basis of binding engagements Laurent Thevenot Chapter 4. On the Poverty of our Freedom Axel Honneth Part II: Beyond imperial universalism Chapter 5. Western Humanitarianism and the Representation of Distant Suffering: A genealogy of moral grammars and visual regimes Fuyuki Kurasawa Chapter 6. Parochial Altruism and Christian Universalism: On the deep difficulties of creating solidarity without outside enemies Wolfgang Palaver Chapter 7. Partial Commitments and Universal Obligations Paul Dumouchel Chapter 8. A Reluctant Cosmopolitan Anne Phillips Part III: Towards a re-conceptualization of liberalism Chapter 9. Liberal Autonomy and Minority Accommodation: A new approach Geoffrey Brahm Levey Chapter 10. Cultural Boundaries and the Reasonable Accommodation of Minorities: Is secularism enough? Gurpreet Mahajan Chapter 11. Arrow, Rawls and Sen: The Transformation of Political Economy and the Idea of Liberalism Reiko Gotoh Conclusion: Social bonds as freedom Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781782386933
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781782386933
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 1782386939

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