Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States / Edition 1

Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States / Edition 1

by Ajume H. Wingo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521891280

ISBN-13: 9780521891288

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this account of the development and sustainability of the liberal democratic state, Ajume H. Wingo offers a completely new perspective from that provided by political theorists. Such theories will typically argue for the basic values of liberal democracies by rationally justifying them. However, there is a significant gap between what people are rationally…  See more details below

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In this account of the development and sustainability of the liberal democratic state, Ajume H. Wingo offers a completely new perspective from that provided by political theorists. Such theories will typically argue for the basic values of liberal democracies by rationally justifying them. However, there is a significant gap between what people are rationally justified in believing and what they are actually motivated to do. Neglect of what actually motivates us to political action carries a great risk by leaving the motivation of citizens open to manipulation by opportunists.

This book argues that it is non-rational factors - rhetoric, symbols, traditions - that more often than not provide the real source of motivation. Drawing from both historical and philosophical sources, Wingo demonstrates that these "veils," as he calls them, can play an essential role in a thriving, stable liberal democratic state. This theory of veil politics furnishes a conceptual framework within which we can reassess the role of aesthetics in politics, the nature and function of political myths in liberal democracies, and the value of civic education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521891288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction to Veil Politics1
2History, Culture, and Persons25
3Liberalism and Veil Politics47
4The Art of Liberal Politics73
5Civic Education in a Liberal State106
Bibliography147
Index153

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