Philosophy and Democracy: An Anthology by Thomas Christiano

By Thomas Christiano

Thomas Christiano (ed.)

This quantity collects many of the prime essays in modern democratic thought released some time past thirty years. The anthology provides the paintings of a choose staff of participants (including Peter Singer, Joshua Cohen, Ronald Dworkin, Richard Arneson, and others) and covers many foundational techniques defended via students from more than a few varied disciplines. The chapters handle many matters which are valuable to philosophical reflections on democracy, resembling questions relating deliberative and financial methods, in addition to to such themes as intrinsic equity, the position of equality relating to minority teams, and the boundaries of democracy. overlaying consultant paintings in economics, political technology, felony idea, and philosophy, this accomplished quantity is suited for classes in political idea and political philosophy.



1. method and Substance in Deliberative Democracy 17
Joshua Cohen
2. a controversy for Democratic Equality 39
Thomas Christiano
3. past equity and Deliberation: The Epistemic size of Democratic Authority 69
David Estlund


4. Democratic Rights on the nationwide point 95
Richard Arneson
5. what's Equality? half four: Political Equality 116
Ronald Dworkin
6. The industry and the discussion board: 3 types of Political idea 138
Jon Elster


7. Social selection thought and Constitutional Democracy 161
William Riker
8. The Calculus of Consent 195
James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock
9. Rationality and the Justification of Democracy 216
Jules Coleman


10. The Majoritarian Premise and Constitutionalism 241
Ronald Dworkin
11. Philosophy and Democracy 258
Michael Walzer
12. The industry as felony 275
Charles Lindblom

13. Polity and workforce distinction: A Critique of the correct of common Citizenship 287
Iris Marion Young
14. Democracy and distinction: a few difficulties for Feminist conception 310
Anne Phillips
15. Is Democracy Special?
Brian Barry

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For the purpose of political argument, nothing more needs to be said, positively or negatively. 19. " In False Necessity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 525. I agree with Unger's observations, but I think that a conception of democracy can make a less instrumental place for certain liberties, even when those liberties are not procedural. 20. This discussion draws on my "Freedom of Expression," Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (Summer 1993): 207-63. 21. See Alexander Meiklejohn, Free Speech and Its Relation to Self-Government (New York: Harper and Row, 1948); and Cass R.

For a discussion of the constitutional dimension of the problem, see Davis v. S. 109, 132 (1986). " Low-Beer distinguishes a requirement of equally weighted votes, at stake in apportionment issues, from equally meaningful votes, at stake in gerrymandering cases. The value threatened by gerrymandering is better understood. I believe, as political influence more generally, not simply voting strength. See John Low-Beer, "The Constitutional Imperative of Proportional Representation," Yale Law Journal 94 (1984).

31. Historically, the deliberative conception of politics was associated with highly exclusivist forms of parliamentarism; moreover, according to one influential line of thought, mass democracy destroyed the possibility of deliberative political decision-making. According to Carl Schmitt, "The belief in parliamentarism, in government by discussion, belongs to the intellectual world of liberalism. " See The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, trans. : MIT Press, 1985), 6, 8. 32. Thus Beit/'s account of political equality connects the interests in recognition and equitable treatment with assurances of equally weighted votes and fair access.

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