The common good and the politics of community

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Title: The common good and the politics of community
Authors: Honohan, Iseult
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4408
Date: 2000
Abstract: In the last twenty years in Ireland, we have witnessed debates - notably about abortion and divorce - which featured not only radically opposed viewpoints but also significantly different vocabularies. Many advocates of divorce legislation, for example, spoke of the individual's right to remarry, focused on individual freedom as the most important value at stake, and opposed state intervention in matters perceived to be of personal morality. Their opponents spoke of the common good and the fabric of society, and argued that the state should support social institutions that embody the values of the community. At least at the polarised extremes of this debate, inhabited by so-called 'fundamentalist liberals' and 'authoritarian conservatives' the protagonists often seemed to talk different languages, built respectively around 'individual freedom' and 'the common good'.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Institute of Public Administration
Keywords: CommunityPolitics
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: J. Dunne, A. Ingram, F. Litton (eds.). Questioning Ireland: Debates in Political Philosophy and Public Policy
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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