The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture / Edition 1

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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.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Individual Rights and Democratic Individuality 1
1 The Moral Distinctiveness of Representative Democracy 36
2 Remarks on the Procedures of Constitutional Democracy 57
3 Democratic Individuality and the Claims of Politics 77
A Note to Chapters 4, 5, and 6 106
4 Thinking about Human Extinction (I): Nuclear Weapons and Individual Rights 107
5 Thinking about Human Extinction (II): Nietzsche and Heidegger 127
6 Thinking about Human Extinction (III): Emerson and Whitman 152
7 The Liberal Contract: Individualism, War, and the Constitution 172
8 On Political Evil 199
9 Individualism, Communitarianism, and Docility 222
10 Whitman and the Culture of Democracy 240
Index 267
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