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Single Idea 20553

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / g. Liberalism critique]

Full Idea

The two core liberal mistakes (according to communitarians) are that people choose their values, and that they do so in some way detached from their communities.

Gist of Idea

Liberals mistakenly think individuals choose their values, without reference to the community


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 4 'Correcting')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.147

A Reaction

I think I might be a communitarian liberal, meaning that extreme individualism is both incorrect and pernicious, but that communities should only exist to promote the varied lives of individuals within them.