Civil Society in Southeast Europe

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Dane R. Gordon, David C. Durst
Rodopi, 2004 - History - 177 pages
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Since the fall of communism in 1989 Southeast Europe has been a site of far-reaching societal transformation, much of it marked by political crisis, economic upheaval, ethnic tension, and bitter war. The book comprises articles investigating the history and development of civil society in post-communist Southeast Europe. How is civil society to be grasped, what are the historical factors shaping the civil societies of the region?, what is the function of civil society in the transition to democracy and a market-economy?, and what are the prospects for the future development of the civil societies of the region in an age of globalization?, –these are just a few of the major questions addressed in this collection of articles. Many of the authors are social scientists, philosophers, and activists from the region, offering first-hand critical analysis of the state of civil society in Southeast Europe and suggesting theoretical and practical strategies for the future course of its development. The aim is to provide the reader with insight into the complex challenges that face the civil societies of the region.
 

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Contents

ONE Civil Society Against Balkanization Georgi Fotev 1 Civil Society
1
Balkanization
4
Traditional Communitarianism
11
PostWorld War ll
12
PostTotalitarianism
14
A Goal Worth Working For
20
TWO Ethics and the Environment in Eastem Europe
23
Environmental Problems Do Not Observe National Borders
24
THREE Can Civic Virtue be Taught?
37
The Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project
40
A A Framework for Active Leaming and Critical Thinking
41
FOUR Organizations 1nstitutions and Reform
49
F1VE The War Constitution of Small Nations of the Balkans
61
S1X The Development of Civil Society in Kosovo After the
67
SEVEN Concepts of Civil Society in Former Yugoslavia
75
E1GHT Traditionalism and Authoritarianism as Obstacles to the
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Ethical Complexity
25
The World Bank
26
Ethical and Spiritual Factors
27
Public Participation
28
Extemal Forces
29
An Old Ethical 1ssue
30
Discouraging Prospects
31
A Sense of Responsibility
32
N1NE 1nterests and Civil Action in Serbia in the Nineties
101
TEN Civil Society and Rule of the Law in MultiEthnic
111
ELEVEN Tolerance and Alterity in Southeastem Europe
127
TWELVE The 1ntellectual and Society
135
FOURTEEN Values and Stability During a Period of Social
147
Prospects for Reconciliation
153
About the Editors and Contributors
169
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About the author (2004)

David C. Durst is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Arts & Humanities Division at the American University in Bulgaria. He is author of a study of Hegel and Schiller under the title Die politische Őkonomie der Sittlichkeit bei Hegel und der ństhetischen Kultur bei Schiller. Eine Studie zur politschen Vernunft (1993). Recent publications include journal articles in The Germanic Review, Heidegger Studies, Continental Philosophy Review, Contemporary Political Theory, and Res Public, and review-essays in Political Theory and Philosophische Rundschau. His forthcoming monograph is entitled Weimar Modernism. Philosophy, Politics and Culture in Germany 1918-1933. His research focuses primarily on nineteenth and twentieth-century continental aesthetic and political thought.
Dane R. Gordon, born in London, England, served in the Royal Navy during World War II, graduated from the universities of Cambridge, London, and the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, and is currently Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. He is editor of the VIBS Special Series, Post Communist European Thought, including this volume and Philosophy in Post Communist Europe (1998) and Criticism and Defense of Rationality in Contemporary Philosophy (with Josef Niznik, 1998). Other publications include Thinking and Reading in Philosophy of Religion (1994), The Old Testament in its Historical, Cultural, and Religious Context (1985/1994), Philosophy and Vision (1998), and Epicurus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance (with David Suits, 2003). He is a Presbyterian minister with the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, New York.