Ethics of Liberal Democracy

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A collection of 12 essays criticizing democracy from feminist, postmodern, and communitarian viewpoints, questioning the traditional values--liberalism, neutrality, equality, and human rights-- thought to justify democracy and raising questions about the success of democratic systems in protecting lifestyles not desired by majorities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854960996
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: State, Law and Society Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Justifying Democracy? De/Reconstructing Democracy? 11
1 The Moral Basis of Democracy 19
2 To Rule in No Matters, To Obey in All: Democracy and Autonomy 31
3 False Stability and Defensive Justification on Rawlsian Liberalism: A Feminist Critique 47
4 The Self, Difference, and Democratic Theory 71
5 A (Somewhat) Communitarian (Partial) Reformulation of Liberalism 81
Pt. II Democracy, the Individual, and Moral Community 95
6 Bringing Deliberation to Democracy 101
7 Do You Mind if I Speak Freely? Reconceptualizing Freedom of Speech 111
8 Voting Rites: A Study in Ceremonial Democracy 129
9 Is Civil Disobedience Morally Coherent? 137
Pt. III Ethical Issues in Democratic Public Policy 145
10 Should Drugs Be Legal? 151
11 Ethics, Democracy and Foreign Policy: Manipulation or Participation? 167
12 When Responsive Public Policy Does not Equal Responsible Government 177
About thc Contributors 189
Index 192
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