Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

by Ronald Dworkin
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Princeton University Press
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Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In recent years politicians from right and left, the Red and the Blue, have fought one another as if politics were a contact sport played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, has been a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the new threat of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized? Dworkin, one the world's leading legal and political philosophers, identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that all citizens can share. He shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible, help replace contempt with mutual respect, and bring the United States and other countries closer to realizing the full promise of democracy.

About the Author:
Ronald Dworkin, winner of the 2007 Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize, is the author of many books, including Sovereign Virtue, Freedom's Law, and Life's Dominion. He is the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at New York University and the Bentham Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691126531
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/21/2006
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Common Ground     1
Terrorism and Human Rights     24
Religion and Dignity     52
Taxes and Legitimacy     90
Is Democracy Possible?     127
Epilogue     160
Notes     165
Index     171

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