Meaningful civicness for the many: A comment on Erik Claes

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This comment on Erik Claes values his treatment of in-depth interviews to gain a better understanding of how volunteers make sense of their activities, but it questions the representativeness, meaningfulness and civicness of what is found. Meaning as deep personal commitment to an objective value (Susan Wolf) is probably quite exceptional. The values and goals of Claes's volunteers are deeply human and wide-ranging, but too ignorant of disagreement, power and politics to be called civic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
JournalFoundations of science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Civicness
  • Meaningfulness
  • Volunteering


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