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Open Moral Communities Seymour J. Mandelbaum

Open Moral Communities

Seymour J. Mandelbaum

Published February 4th 2000
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258 pages
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Seymour Mandelbaums extended reflection on communities and the myths that sustainthem is a plea for a communitarian sensibility. Communities are critically important in maintainingand adapting public moral orders. To do so, they must recruit,MoreSeymour Mandelbaums extended reflection on communities and the myths that sustainthem is a plea for a communitarian sensibility. Communities are critically important in maintainingand adapting public moral orders. To do so, they must recruit, socialize, and discipline members-distinguish between members and strangers- collect resources- and cultivate a domain ofcompetence.The communitarian sensibility is a disposition to assess the impact of innovativeopportunities and compelling moral claims on the design, repair, and dissolution of communities andcommunal fields with a healthy skepticism about unlikely strategies.The book is divided into threeparts. The first part sets out the role of communities in the creation of moral orders and discussesthe implications of three prevalent myths about community. The second part discusses sixterms--theory, story, time, city, tool, and plan--that figure prominently in both professional andlay constructions of public orders. The third part presents two cases in which ambiguous moralclaims for redemption and justice challenge the pluralism of the open myth. One concernsexclusionary zoning in New Jersey, the other the 1985 attack on the MOVE compound in WestPhiladelphia. Mandelbaums blending of moral philosophy and concrete examples concludes with anaccount of citizenship in liberal republics.