Single Idea 18659

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 7. Communitarianism / a. Communitarianism]

Full Idea

Communitarians believe that the 'Kantian' view of the self is false, because it ignores the fact that the self is 'embedded' or 'situated' in existing social practices, so that we cannot always stand back and opt out of them.

Gist of Idea

The 'Kantian' view of the self misses the way it is embedded or situated in society


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 6.3)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.207

A Reaction

[Hegel and Charles Taylor 1979 seem to be the sources for this] I have several times been told that I am so typical of the culture I arose in that it is almost comical. This was quite disconcerting, but I got used to it, and now I love it.

Related Idea

Idea 18658 The 'Kantian' self steps back from commitment to its social situation [Kymlicka]