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

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

by Michael J. Sandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674197445

ISBN-13: 9780674197442

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What ails democracy in America today, and what can be done about it? DEMOCRACY'S DISCONTENT traces our political predicament to a defect in the public philosophy by which we live. In a searching account of current controversies over the role of government, the scope of rights and entitlements, and the place of morality in politics, Michael Sandel identifies the

Overview

What ails democracy in America today, and what can be done about it? DEMOCRACY'S DISCONTENT traces our political predicament to a defect in the public philosophy by which we live. In a searching account of current controversies over the role of government, the scope of rights and entitlements, and the place of morality in politics, Michael Sandel identifies the dominant public philosophy of our time and finds it flawed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674197442
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.48(d)

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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