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Critiques of Depersonalisation: 1920s–1980s

  • Henry TamEmail author
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Abstract

Henry Tam explains that although communitarian ideas had by early twentieth century contributed to social, scientific and political development, progress was threatened by different forms of depersonalisation. He describes the origins and significance of three counter-moves developed to embed persons as interdependent beings in pursuit of common wellbeing. The first of these involves thinkers who took aim at doctrines that stripped authenticity and respect out of human interactions (Buber, Mounier, Macmurray, Arendt). The second comprises those who argued for better participatory opportunities through improved economic regulation, social parity, shared security, and guarantees of dignified treatment (Tawney, Polanyi, Pateman, Arizmendiarrieta, G.D.H. Cole, Martin Luther King, Michael Young). The third includes critics of attempts to invoke the atomistic self as a foundation for justice (MacIntyre, Sandel, Walzer, and Taylor).

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  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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