The Moral Foundation of Democracy

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With The Moral Foundation of Democracy, John H. Hallowell makes a significant argument in favor of the importance of moral values in the orderly functioning of modern democracies. Hallowell begins with a survey of the role that classical liberalism and faith in man as a reasonable, moral, and spiritual actor played in the emergence of democratic self-government. He sharply criticizes positivist thought and moral relativism as direct challenges to the notion that transcendent truths guide individuals in their actions and influence how people participate in a democratic society. Hallowell reminds us that at its core, a well-functioning democracy must be based on a fundamental respect for the dignity of the individual.

John H. Hallowell taught political science for forty years at Duke University and was chair of the department from 1964 to 1971. He died in 1991. In addition to this work, Hallowell also wrote The Decline of Liberalism as an Ideology (1943) and Main Currents in Modern Political Thought (1950).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865976696
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 125
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
I Democracy—Fact or Fiction? 1
II Democracy as the Art of Compromise 24
III The Institutional Framework of Democracy 43
IV Democracy and Liberalism 61
V Human Nature and Politics 80
VI The Moral Foundation of Democracy 99
Index 121
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