The Democratic Society and Its Founding Concepts

The Democratic Society and Its Founding Concepts

by Francesco Belfiore


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761856627
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/14/2011
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francesco Belfiore was professor of internal medicine at the University of Catania, Italy. He worked in medical research and has published many articles and several monographs, including the extensive and acclaimed Enzyme Regulation and Metabolic Diseases (Karger, 1980). In recent years he has reawakened his long-standing interest in philosophy. Taking advantage of his research experience centered on human beings, he has conceived a complete and coherent philosophical system, outlined in his The Structure of the Mind (University Press of America, 2004). Subsequently, he has further developed the practical aspects of his philosophical system, which he has extensively expounded in the volume The Ontological Foundation of Ethics, Politics, and Law (University Press of America, 2007).

Table of Contents

Part I—Introduction: The Basic Concepts
Chapter 1—The Human Person and Its Private Life
Chapter 2—The Human Society
Part II—Theories of Human Society: Critique and Reinterpretation. A Historical Perspective
Chapter 3—The Conception of Human Society at the Time of Absolutism [Before the English Revolution (1688)]
Chapter 4—The Conception of Human Society During the Cultural Struggle for Democracy (From 18th Century to World War II)
Chapter 5—The Conception of Human Society from World War II to 1989: The Progressive Affirmation of Human Rights
Chapter 6—Contemporary Human Society (after 1989) and Its Problems
Part III—The Foundation and Functioning of the Democratic Society
Chapter 7—The Foundation of Democracy: Majority Rule
Chapter 8—The Functioning of Democracy
Part IV—Political Activity in the Democratic Society
Chapter 9—Political Parties, Party Systems, and the Voting Process
Chapter 10—Problems of Contemporary Political Parties: New Right and New Left
Chapter 11—Political Discussion and the Interpretation of Political Facts
Part V—The Democratic Principles and the Recent World History
Chapter 12—The Democratic Principles and the Recent World History
Chapter 13—Possible Drawbacks of Existing Democracies
Chapter 14—In Praise of Democracy

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