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The Relevance of Royce$
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Kelly A. Parker and Jason Bell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255283

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255283.001.0001

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Communities in Pursuit of Community

Communities in Pursuit of Community

(p.246) Fourteen Communities in Pursuit of Community
The Relevance of Royce

Mary B. Mahowald

Fordham University Press

Royce's mature concept of community provides the basis for an idealistic as well as pragmatic account of the topic. “Community” as end is an ideal towards which the genuineness of “communities” can be assessed: they are means to achievement of an ideal of mutual flourishing, based on each individual's and each community's egalitarian mix of abilities, disabilities and capabilities. Every genuine community pursues a distinct cause that is conducive to, although as yet not identical with, the ideal of Community. The ideal is best approximated through employment of the diverse standpoints of each (genuine) community, giving priority to the standpoints of those who are nondominant in society, who are otherwise likely to be ignored or underrepresented. This strategy is applied to the apparently conflicting positions of communities that advocate for people with disabilities and those that support prenatal testing for disability.

Keywords:   community, Josiah Royce, mutual flourishing, disability, prenatal testing, egalitarian, feminist standpoint, idealistic pragmatism, means and end

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