Idea of Civil Society

ISBN-10: 0691010811

ISBN-13: 9780691010816

Edition: 1995

Authors: Adam B. Seligman

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As the countries of East-Central Europe struggle to create liberal democracy and the United States and other Western nations attempt to rediscover their own tarnished civil institutions, Adam Seligman identifies the neglect of the idea of "civil society" as a central concern common to both cultures today. Two centuries after its origins in the Enlightenment, the idea of civil society is being revived to provide an answer to the question of how individuals can pursue their own interests while preserving the greater good of society and, similarly, how society can advance the interests of the individuals who comprise it. However, as Seligman shows, the erosion of the very moral beliefs and philosophical assumptions upon which the idea of civil society was founded makes its revival much more difficult than is generally recognized.
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Modern Idea of Civil Society
The Sources of Civil Society: Reason and the Individual
Civil Society, Citizenship, and the Representation of Society
Jerusalem, Budapest, Los Angeles: In Search of Civil Society
Concluding Remarks on Civil Society
Notes
Index
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