Single Idea 23375

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

Minimal citizenship is often seen as simply requiring non-interference with others, but that ignores a basic requirement of liberal citizenship, which is the social virtue of 'civility' or 'decency'.

Gist of Idea

Minimal liberal citizenship needs common civility, as well as mere non-interference


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 7)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.300

A Reaction

He makes the point that the minimal requirement has to be given up when there is a crisis, which needs much more involvement. This largely describes modern Britain, prior to the Brexit rift.