Title: Commentary on Harry Kunneman's 'The political importance of voluntary work'
Authors: Peeters, Jef # ×
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Oficyna Akademicka
Series Title: Foundations of Science vol:21 issue:2 pages:433-438
Article number: DOI 10.1007/s10699-014-9404-9
Abstract: We agree with the general commitment ofKunneman’s contribution, but formulate some critical reservations about its elaboration. First, we discuss the use of the concept of complexity. On the basis ofMorin’s idea of general complexity we argue that a paradigmatic interpretation leads to a more consistent argumentation strategy. We illustrate this referring to Kunneman’s use of the term ‘autopoiesis’ and Habermas’s concepts of ‘system and life world’.We call into question Kunneman’s position that meaningfulness in volunteering falls short politically. To this end, we formulate a different view about the relationship between existential and political meaningfulness from a vision of citizenship as belonging to the core of being human. This also throws a different light on the importance of the civil society.
ISSN: 1233-1821
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Faculty of health and social work - UC Leuven
Centre for Sociological Research
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