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Supranational Citizenship$
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Lynn Dobson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069529

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069529.001.0001

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Gewirth: community, rights, values

Gewirth: community, rights, values

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(p.127) 8 Gewirth: community, rights, values
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Supranational Citizenship
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Lynn Dobson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069529.003.0009

This chapter provides an analytical discussion of some major themes in Gewirth's Community of Rights and Self-Fulfillment. The focus of the chapter is on how rights- and duty-bearing agents interact to create political community, and how the rights to freedom and well-being posited by his moral theory include the right to develop a conception of the good life to be pursued through political community. Such a community will enable capacity-fulfilment, self-respect, and self-esteem. The chapter draws out of Gewirth's work the notion of a reasonable, situated, mutualist self, able to cooperate with other such selves to enact both the just and the good.

Keywords:   Alan Gewirth, Community of Rights, Self-Fulfillment, Rights and duties, The Good, Self, Political Community, Capacity, Mutual, Reasonable

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