Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy / Edition 1

Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy / Edition 1

by Michael J. Sandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674197453

ISBN-13: 9780674197459

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard

The defect, Sandel maintains, lies in the impoverished vision of citizenship and community shared by Democrats and Republicans alike. American politics has lost its civic voice, leaving both liberals and conservatives unable to inspire the sense of community and civic engagement that self-government requires.

In search of a public philosophy adequate to our time,

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Overview

The defect, Sandel maintains, lies in the impoverished vision of citizenship and community shared by Democrats and Republicans alike. American politics has lost its civic voice, leaving both liberals and conservatives unable to inspire the sense of community and civic engagement that self-government requires.

In search of a public philosophy adequate to our time, Sandel ranges across the American political experience, recalling the arguments of Jefferson and Hamilton, Lincoln and Douglas, Holmes and Brandeis, FDR and Reagan. He relates epic debates over slavery and industrial capitalism to contemporary controversies over the welfare state, religion, abortion, gay rights, and hate speech. Democracy's Discontent provides a new interpretation of the American political and constitutional tradition that offers hope of rejuvenating our civic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674197459
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
612,248
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PROCEDURAL REPUBLIC

1. The Public Philosophy of Contemporary Liberalism

2. Rights and the Neutral State

3. Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech

4. Privacy Rights and Family Law

PART II: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CITIZENSHIP

5. Economics and Virtue in the Early Republic

6. Free Labor versus Wage Labor

7. Community, Self-Government, and Progressive Reform

8. Liberalism and the Keynesian Revolution

9. The Triumph and Travail of the Procedural Republic

Conclusion: In Search of a Public Philosophy

Notes

Index

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