27 June 2008

Philosophy: Communitarianism

Some reading about communitarianism from Joe Firestone on ActKM.
  • Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies,
  • Rousseau's The Social Contract,
  • Bronislaw Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific,
  • Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture, and
  • Mark Notturno, Science and the Open Society.
Communitarianism is both a
philosophy, in which community is seen as a dynamic environment in which individuals are refined through the juxtaposition of different ideas and values, (As opposed to a collective construct of the individuals themselves), and a
political ideology, which many of the above philosophers are currently trying to distance themselves from according to wikipedia.

Firestone & McElroy's work on the Open Enterprise revolves around some of these principles via Popper's philosophy of critical rationalism and - it seems to me - a kind of indeterminist pragmatism that values things based on the probability of their usefulness.

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