The Common Good
By (author) Amitai Etzioni
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Common Good by Amitai Etzioni
Book DescriptionIn this book, Amitai Etzioni, public intellectual and leading proponent of communitarian values, defends the view that no society can flourish without a shared obligation to "the common good." Rejecting claims made by some liberal thinkers that it is not possible to balance individual rights with uncoerced civic responsibility, Etzioni explores a number of key issues which pose important questions for those concerned with promoting the common good in contemporary society. Are we morally obliged to do more for our communities beyond treating everyone as endowed with basic rights? Should privacy be regarded not merely as a right but also as an obligation? And should the right to free speech take priority over the need to protect children from harmful material in the media and on the internet? Etzioni asks how we can strike a healthy balance between individual rights and public safety in an age of global terrorism. He evaluates various new government devices, from wiretaps to viruses, which open our lives to public scrutiny. Particular attention is given to the issues surrounding government--issued DNA tests. The book concludes by questioning whether we can still talk of a relationship between the common good and the nation--state, or whether the "online" society in which we live will make it increasingly difficult to maintain those communities which are the very homeland of the common good. This new book, by one of the worlda s leading social and political thinkers, will be important reading for students and scholars of political science, social philosophy, sociology, and public policy, as well as for the interested general reader.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745632667
(238mm x 159mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Amitai Etzioni
Privacy in a Cyber Age, Hardback (June 2015)
This book lays out the foundation of a privacy doctrine suitable to the cyber age. It limits the volume, sensitivity, and secondary analysis that can be carried out. In studying these matters, the book examines the privacy issues raised by the NSA, publication of state secrets, and DNA usage.
New Common Ground, Hardback (July 2009)
Race, age, political affiliation, country of origin, native language-too often Americans define themselves, and are defined, by the differences that separate them. But if the 2008 presidential campaign has taught us anything, it is that we as a people want to look beyond these divisions to the values and interests that unite us.
Security First, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Amitai Etzioni
What should American policies be toward recently liberated countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, or rogue states like North Korea and Iran? The author asserts that providing basic security must be the first priority in all foreign policy considerations, even ahead of efforts to democratize.
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Author Biography - Amitai Etzioni
Amitai Etzioni is University Professor and Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University.
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