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Single Idea 22804

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

Full Idea

Communitarians often argue that personal autonomy is better achieved within the community.

Gist of Idea

Autonomy is better achieved within a community


Avineri,S/De-Shalit,A (Intro to 'Communitarianism and Individualism' [1992], 4)

Book Reference

'Communitarianism and Individualism', ed/tr. Avineri,S. /de-Shalit,A. [OUP 1992], p.7

A Reaction

Hegel is the source of this view. The simplest version of the point is that autonomy can only be asserted if a person has rights, which can be asserted and defended, and only a society can provide that. That is plausible.