The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture / Edition 1

The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture / Edition 1

by George Kateb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801480140

ISBN-13: 9780801480140

Pub. Date: 02/28/1994

Publisher: Cornell University Press

What is the meaning of individualism in a modern democracy? In this rich and penetrating book, George Kateb examines the nature of individualism - the concept of self it implies, the ethic it sustains, the personal connectedness it supports, and the politics it requires. Kateb argues that democracy is founded on respect for the dignity of individuals as individuals,…  See more details below

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What is the meaning of individualism in a modern democracy? In this rich and penetrating book, George Kateb examines the nature of individualism - the concept of self it implies, the ethic it sustains, the personal connectedness it supports, and the politics it requires. Kateb argues that democracy is founded on respect for the dignity of individuals as individuals, and that this respect transforms all human relations. Democratic individuality, in his view, is a way in which individuals whose rights are protected may dare to live their private lives and to conceive their roles as citizens. The book's ten essays explore democratic individuality in light of such topics as the power of political institutions to accommodate and express different values, the moral distinctiveness of representative democracy, the implications of the liberal social contract, and the possibility of human extinction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801480140
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Series:
Contestations: Cornell Studies in Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Individual Rights and Democratic Individuality1
1The Moral Distinctiveness of Representative Democracy36
2Remarks on the Procedures of Constitutional Democracy57
3Democratic Individuality and the Claims of Politics77
A Note to Chapters 4, 5, and 6106
4Thinking about Human Extinction (I): Nuclear Weapons and Individual Rights107
5Thinking about Human Extinction (II): Nietzsche and Heidegger127
6Thinking about Human Extinction (III): Emerson and Whitman152
7The Liberal Contract: Individualism, War, and the Constitution172
8On Political Evil199
9Individualism, Communitarianism, and Docility222
10Whitman and the Culture of Democracy240
Index267

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