Communitarianism: A Liberal Response Essay

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“The only way to identify the requirements of justice is to see how each particular community understands the value of social goods”(Kymlicka 211). This is the approach to justice from the communitarian. Communitarianism in the last few decades has sparked in popularity among political philosophers. Communitarians believe that political theories, such as classic liberalism, leaves out the importance and significance of the community. The communitarian respects and upholds social practices and traditions as a way of governing, and as a way of justice. Because of the importance of the cultural aspect, this political current is thought of as a cultural relativist approach to justice. The communitarian does not accept the notion of being able …show more content…
This has an attractive view in a few ways. First, in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, when people were trying to break free of oppression from monarchies, the classical political currents of thought such as liberalism, socialism, conservatism, nationalism, and republicanism were created(208). Now, in the twenty first century, different beliefs and historical events have shaped humans in different and unique ways. With a communitarian way of thinking, creating a set of rights and ideals in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, to be universal and ahistorical is ridiculous. Secondly, our world is home to thousands or different cultures and ways of thinking. The view of justice is very different in countries all over the world compared to the western view. Although the west is powerful, it is not up to us to provide the world with what we think is right and wrong. Even if we do not realize, the way we speak, think, and act are all a reflection of our culture; therefore, Michael Waltzer, a communitarian, believes that “this quest for a universal theory is misguided”(211). Thirdly, in our highly globalized society, places like Canada and the United States are home to many different cultures. It is important for many people from all different backgrounds to be able to embody their culture without fear of being oppressed or alienated. The communitarian approach allows for all…

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