Hegel, Rawls, and the Communitarian Project
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My senior independent project is an engagement with the liberal-communitarian question, which is arguably the central debate in 20th-century social philosophy. My interest in this project stems largely from my analysis of the political problems currently facing this country, particularly in the Middle East. This issue is important with regard to other global problems as well, such as issues of polit1ical justice and representation facing European governments with regard to the growing size and awareness of the Muslim community, and issues of social justice for China's impoverished labour and ethnic minorities (particularly relevant in recent months with the current troubles in Tibet). How does a representative, liberal-democratic society with such a standing in the world as ours approach these problems, which undoubtedly touch upon the issues of justice and freedom across cultural, social and linguistic boundaries?