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Why Democracy?

Why Democracy?

by Paul Fairfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791473155

ISBN-13: 9780791473153

Pub. Date: 01/03/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

While much of the world now embraces the democratic idea-that the people must rule-the philosophical case for democracy has yet to be made convincingly. Why Democracy? not only reexamines the current debates in normative democratic theory, but also challenges popular conceptions that tend toward an uncritical idealization of popular rule. It is not enough to call for

Overview

While much of the world now embraces the democratic idea-that the people must rule-the philosophical case for democracy has yet to be made convincingly. Why Democracy? not only reexamines the current debates in normative democratic theory, but also challenges popular conceptions that tend toward an uncritical idealization of popular rule. It is not enough to call for more extensive public deliberation, or for greater participation and inclusion in the democratic process, or for a radical extension of the scope of the process. Making the case for democracy requires examining its imaginative and rhetorical dimensions as well. The democratic idea of "rule by the people" must be understood less as a definition than as an aspiration, a trope, and the beginning of a narrative that includes, while extending beyond, the domain of government.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791473153
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Posing the Question vii

Chapter 1 "The Fountainhead of Justice"? 1

Chapter 2 Democracy: Communitarian, Participatory, or Radical? 17

Chapter 3 Deliberative Democracy 35

Chapter 4 A Modest Phenomenology of Democratic Speech 53

Chapter 5 Why Democracy? 75

Chapter 6 Between the Market and the Forum 103

Conclusion and Prognosis 123

Notes 135

Index 149

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