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The Idea of Civil Society
Adam B. Seligman

Paperback | 1995 | $52.50 | £44.95 | ISBN: 9780691010816
256 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4
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As the countries of East-Central Europe struggle to create liberal democracy and the United States and other Western nations attempt to rediscover their own tarnished civil institutions, Adam Seligman identifies the neglect of the idea of "civil society" as a central concern common to both cultures today. Two centuries after its origins in the Enlightenment, the idea of civil society is being revived to provide an answer to the question of how individuals can pursue their own interests while preserving the greater good of society and, similarly, how society can advance the interests of the individuals who comprise it. However, as Seligman shows, the erosion of the very moral beliefs and philosophical assumptions upon which the idea of civil society was founded makes its revival much more difficult than is generally recognized.


"One of the merits of Adam Seligman's wide-ranging, probing, and deeply reflective inquiry into the history and uses of the idea of civil society is that it is concerned explicitly with identifying the ambiguities in its applications to contemporary societies . . . In one aspect Mr. "Seligman's book is an exploration of the idea of civil society in all its contemporary and historical ironies and ambiguities, one that is richly learned and subtly reasoned. In another it is a question mark over the very idea of a civil society."--John Gray, The New York Times Book Review


"Seligman argues his case in an attractively open manner and with great range, both in terms of ideas and institutions. His is the best book on the subject at the moment: lucid, high-powered, convincing, and approachable."--John A. Hall, McGill University

"A most exciting, original, and well documented presentation of the idea of civil society in the Western--in the broadest sense of the word, including Eastern Europe--historical experience and political tradition."--S. N. Eisenstadt, The Hoover Institute and Hebrew University

Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Modern Idea of Civil Society 15
2 The Sources of Civil Society: Reason and the Individual 59
3 Civil Society, Citizenship, and the Representation of Society 101
4 Jerusalem, Budapest, Los Angeles: In Search of Civil Society 145
Concluding Remarks on Civil Society 199
Notes 207
Index 235

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