Philosophical interpretation in the work of Michael Walzer

Armstrong, Chris (2000) Philosophical interpretation in the work of Michael Walzer. Politics, 20, (2), 87-92. (doi:10.1111/1467-9256.00116).


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Walzer's work has been criticised by liberal writers on the grounds of its interpretive underpinnings, which have been equated with communitarianism. Theorists working in branches of radical political theory (such as feminism, critical theory or post-structuralism) have generally accepted this criticism and considered Walzer's work excessively conservative. Its influence on radical political theory has therefore been abbreviated. But the contention of this article is that, properly understood, the grounds on which Walzer takes issue with objectivist liberalism closely resemble those advanced within radical political theory, and therefore his work can be rescued from its conservative associations

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/1467-9256.00116
ISSNs: 0263-3957 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34911
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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