Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism.

Clark, Samuel (2007) Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism. Res Publica, 13 (2). pp. 107-125. ISSN 1356-4765

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This paper argues against particularism about social criticism of the form presented by Walzer. I contend that while limitation of the scope of criticism depends on the existence of our shared meanings, which are not shared by them, shared meaning itself depends on society. So, an account of society showing that societies are not discrete and mutually inaccessible refutes particularism. I argue for such an account. I deal with the objection that the focus of particularism is culture, not society, and conclude that the conditions of possibility of shared meaning have anti-particularist consequences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Res Publica
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 4350
Deposited By: Dr Sam Clark
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2008 16:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2020 01:52

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