In this lecture, I consider the relative merits of communities and states in modern political life, using examples drawn from the works of Martin Buber (and Gustav Landauer) – most importantly the Israeli kibbutz – and some further examples from European and American history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. After contrasting communities of production and communities of struggle, I conclude with a qualified defense of the state against Buber’s communitarianism.
Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. He is the author of, among others, Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, On Toleration and, recently, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions (2015), and of numerous pivotal essays. For more than three decades he served as co-editor of Dissent, now in its 61st year. He is currently working on Volume III of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.
The lecture was delivered on 15 June 2015.
שנת ההוצאה: 2016
מסת"ב: ISSN 1565-8465
מספר העמודים: 14
מידות (ס"מ): 15 × 24