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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy$
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Maria Dimova-Cookson and William J. Mander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.001.0001

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Contesting the Common Good: T. H. Green and Contemporary Republicanism

Contesting the Common Good: T. H. Green and Contemporary Republicanism

(p.262) 11 Contesting the Common Good: T. H. Green and Contemporary Republicanism
T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy
Colin Tyler
Oxford University Press

This chapter establishes that Green's republicanism overcomes the limitations of contemporary philosophical attempts to reinvigorate the republican tradition. Green avoids the contemporary dichotomy between ‘protective’ (Pettit) and ‘civic humanist’ (Sandel, Honohan) republicanism. The chapter begins by highlighting Green's self-identification as a republican, with the second section sketching the contemporary republican landscape. Section three establishes that Green's conceptions of ‘independence’ and ‘true freedom’ are superior to those used by contemporary philosophers. Green's conceptualisations of true freedom and intersubjective recognition are also explored. Section four analyses Greenian ‘civic virtue’ and its interrelationships with freedom. Section five explores the democratic contestability of the ‘common good’ in Green's republicanism, something that causes significant difficulties for contemporary republicans. Section six critically assesses Green's decentralised political structure, before section seven explores his radical theory of patriotism and civil disobedience. The conclusion argues that Green's republicanism is more coherent, integrated, and compelling than the leading contemporary versions.

Keywords:   republicanism, freedom, common good, contestability, Pettit, Sandel, decentralisation, intersubjective recognition

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