Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy

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Overview

Here, a distinguished cast of some the world's finest political and legal theorists offer criticisms of Michael Sandel's Democracy's Discontent, a recent, popular, and influential call for a more moralistic democracy. In this collection, Sandel's liberal and feminist critics square off with his communitarian and civic republican sympathizers in a lively and wide-ranging discussion that spans constitutional law, culture, and political economy. Such practical, topical issues as immigration, gay marriage, federalism, adoption, abortion, corporate speech, militias, and economic disparity are debated alongside theories of civic virtue, citizenship, identity, and community. Not only does Debating Democracy's Discontent afford the most comprehensive and insightful critique to date of Sandel's volume, it also makes a significant, substantive contribution to contemporary political and legal philosophy in its own right. This book will prove essential to all who are interested in the future of American politics, law, and public philosophy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198294962
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita L. Allen is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at Georgetown University Law Center. Milton C. Regan, Jr., is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Quest for a Post-Liberal Public Philosophy, Ronald Beiner
PART 1. REVIVING CIVIC VIRTUE
1. . The Retrieval of Civic Virtue: A Critical Appreciation of Sandel's Democracy's Discontent, Thomas L. Pangle
2. Virtue En Mass, Jeremy Waldron
3. Reworking Sandel's Republicanism, Philip Pettit
PART 2. TOWARD AN AMERICAN PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY
4. Political Economy and the Politics of Virtue: US Public Philosophy at Century's End, William A. Galston
5. The Encumbered American Self, Clifford Orwin
6. A Public Philosophy for the Professional-Managerial Class, Mark Tushnet
7. Notes of a Jewish Episcopalian: Gender as a Language of Class; Religion as a Dialect of Liberalism, Joan Williams
PART 3. LIBERAL REPUBLICANISM
8. A Defense of Minimalist Liberalism, Richard Rorty
9. Michael Sandel and Richard Rorty: Two Models of the Republic, Richard Sennett
10. Liberal Egalitarianism and Civic Republicanism: Friends or Enemies?, Will Kymlicka
11. Moral Status and the Status of Morality in Political Liberalism, Andrew W. Siegel
12. Sandel's Liberal Politics, Bruce Frohnen
PART 4. LIVING WITH DIFFERENCE
13. Michael Sandel's America, Michael Waltzer
14. Moral Dialogues: A Communitarian Core Element, Amitai Etzioni
15. Can This Republic be Saved?, Jean Bethke Elshtain and Christopher Beem
16. Civic Republicanism and Civic Pluralism: The Silent Struggle of Michael Sandel, William Connolly
17. Living with Difference, Charles Taylor
PART 5. LAW, MORALS, AND PRIVATE LIVES
18. Unencumbered Individuals and Embedded Selves: Reasons to Resist Dichotomous Thinking in Family Law, Mary Lyndon (Molly) Shanley
19. The Right of Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic, James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain
20. Gay Marriage and Liberal Constitutionalism: Two Mistakes, Robin West
PART 6. SELF-GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRATIC DISCONTENT
21. Fusion Republicanism, Nancy L. Rosenblum
22. Corporate Speech and Civic Virtue, Milton C. Regan, Jr
23. Federalism as a Cure for Democracy's Discontent?, Mark Tushnet
PART 7. A REPLY TO MY CRITICS
24. A Reply to My Critics, Michael J. Sandel

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