By Andrew Mason
Groups might be of other forms, and exist at various degrees in society. what sort of group is efficacious on the point of the country and what's its importance for groups above and lower than that point? This publication systematically explores the bounds that beliefs of political group position on cultural variety in the nation, and the boundaries that, in flip, beliefs of world group position at the self-determination of political groups. it will likely be of curiosity to scholars of political idea, philosophy and diplomacy.
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32 Community and its value may be concerned about the prosperity of that community and have little (if any) non-instrumental regard for the well-being of its other members. Some communitarians will reply that members of a community in the ordinary sense must always be mutually concerned since membership of such a community always generates special obligations to attend to each other’s welfare, and motivates them to meet those special obligations. If each member of a community is under an obligation of this kind and motivated by it, then even communities in the ordinary sense will be marked by mutual concern.
Slaves remained slaves . . And blacks remained rigidly subordinated to whites. But masters and slaves, whites and blacks, lived as well as worked together. The existence of the community required that all Wnd some measure of self-interest and self-respect’ (E. Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made (New York: Pantheon Books, 1974), p. 6). Genovese here uses ‘community’ in the ordinary rather than the moralized sense. À— Indeed this is the source of many feminists’ reservations about community in the ordinary sense.
According to my account, identifying with a group need not involve making what Margaret Gilbert has called a joint commitment. 20 The paradigm case of a joint commitment is a promise or agreement to do something together, for example, go for a walk. 21 When a person identiWes with a group and its practices, she makes a personal commitment to it, but she need not make a joint commitment with its other members. In order for a member of a group to make a joint commitment with its other members, there needs to be some mutual International Obligations (Oxford: Westview, 1996), p.