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Philosophy_WalzerPaper - Prof. Labarge 4/25/08 States and...

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Prof. Labarge 4/25/08 States and Neighborhoods, Clubs, and Families Walzer draws analogies between neighborhoods, clubs and families with states. When posed with the question which analogy fits the best, Walzer analyzes each comparison and finds that a connection between neighborhoods and nations cannot work. While it is true that with neighborhoods people are generally free to enter and exit as they please he argues that an analogy between states and neighborhoods, meaning the country permits entry by aliens from anywhere, would destroy the concept of neighborhood. Neighborhoods can be open only if countries are at least somewhat closed. Only if the nation goes through a selection of possible members and guarantees loyalty and well being of the individuals it selects can local communities take shape as different associations. Walzer also claims that if states ever became large neighborhoods, it is likely that neighborhoods would become little states. Members of the neighborhood would unite to defend local politics and culture
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2008 for the course PHIL 8 taught by Professor Labarge during the Spring '08 term at Santa Clara.

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