Behalf

Behalf In Behalf P N Furbank argues that in thinking about society and politics one needs to start from the proposition that every human being contains within himself or herself the entire potentiality of t

  • Title: Behalf
  • Author: P.N. Furbank
  • ISBN: 9780803220096
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Behalf P N Furbank argues that in thinking about society and politics, one needs to start from the proposition that every human being contains within himself or herself the entire potentiality of the human species and that it is therefore wrong to regard cultural differences as innate This conclusion, in turn, raises doubts about the concept of pluralism as propoundeIn Behalf P N Furbank argues that in thinking about society and politics, one needs to start from the proposition that every human being contains within himself or herself the entire potentiality of the human species and that it is therefore wrong to regard cultural differences as innate This conclusion, in turn, raises doubts about the concept of pluralism as propounded by political philosophers such as Isaiah Berlin According to Berlin, societies incarnate sets of values that, while good in themselves, might be incommensurable or incompatible with those of other societies As Furbank shows, however, the epithets incommensurable and incompatible fall to pieces under scrutiny Further, the tacit implication that pluralism is a political concept, rivaling democracy, appears to be an illusion Furbank proceeds to consider the question of what it means to act on behalf of others He notes that the apparent strength of politics of the person the ground of feminist, black, and gay politics, with its insistence that everyone should speak with his or her own distinctive voice, unmediated by representation or action on behalf of others is its freedom from the taint of philanthropy But he argues that this freedom comes at a high price, which is no less than that of involving the term politics in self contradiction He concludes that there is seemingly no substitute for what one might call politics proper and that this form of politics is by nature on behalf of someone or something not itself a politics that is, incurably, philanthropic, and, being so, is exposed to all the snares and temptations with which philanthropy is plagued.

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    1. Philip Nicholas Furbank FRSL was an English writer, scholar and critic, and a professor later emeritus of the Open University Born in Surrey, he earned a First in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge After service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II, he accepted a position at Emmanuel, where he taught until he left in 1953 due to a stammer that hampered his lecturing and tutorials.

    2. Furbank's slim volume has the merits of a good conversation. It is an essay which truly assays its topic, i.e examines and explores without coming to a definite conclusion. It asks the question, what is the proper way to help strangers who make up the vast majority of others in the world? It takes this question as the key concern of humanism, and so also evaluates various disciplines designated as such.Furbank argues very convincingly that the formalized task of helping others known as philanthr [...]

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