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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 16, 1991

Anthony Cunningham
Pages 125-144
DOI: 10.5840/jpr_1991_28

Liberalism, Egalité, Fraternité?

This essay attempts to assess recent communitarian charges that liberalism cannot provide for genuine bonds of community or fraternity. Along with providing an analysis of fraternity, I argue that there is more common ground here than supposed by communitarians and l iberals alike. Communitarians often fail to see that liberal concerns for liberty and equality function as substantive constraints on the moral worth of fraternal bonds. On the other hand, insofar as liberals ignore fraternity, or see it as a purely derivative ideal, they too make an important error.

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