Democratic Humility

Reinhold Niebuhr, Neuroscience, and America’s Political Crisis

Author: Christopher Beem

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498511430

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 4294

Reinhold Niebuhr helps us to understand why our politics is broken and research on the brain confirms his analysis: we are all vain and self-righteous, and far too quick to reject anyone who thinks otherwise. To restore a democracy that works, we need to understand ourselves better and develop the humility such knowledge should engender.
Posted in Political Science

Contract, Culture, and Citizenship

Transformative Liberalism from Hobbes to Rawls

Author: Mark E. Button

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271033827

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 2621

"Explores the concept of the social contract and how it shapes citizenship. Argues that the modern social contract is an account of the ethical and cultural conditions upon which modern citizenship depends"--Provided by publisher.
Posted in Political Science

Virtue and Irony in American Democracy

Revisiting Dewey and Niebuhr

Author: Daniel A. Morris

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498500757

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 9886

Virtue and Irony in American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey and Niebuhr offers original, accessible democratic-virtue readings of Dewey and Niebuhr, showing implications for political responses to economic inequality on the basis of the virtues they imply.
Posted in Religion

Civic Liberalism

Reflections on Our Democratic Ideals

Author: Thomas A. Spragens, Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742573583

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

View: 8125

In Civic Liberalism, prominent political theorist Thomas A. Spragens, Jr. asserts that most versions of democratic ideals—libertarianism, liberal egalitarianism, difference liberalism, and the liberalism of fear—lead our polity significantly astray. Spragens offers another alternative. He argues that we should recover the multiple and complex aspirations found within the tradition of democratic liberalism and integrate them into a more compelling public philosophy for our time—or what he calls civic liberalism.
Posted in Philosophy

Good Democratic Leadership

On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies

Author: John Kane,Haig Patapan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191506761

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 3327

Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies explores whether, in the current atmosphere of international economic and political tension, and more generally, democracies foster and support effective political judgment and good leadership. In one sense, with their ideals of transparent government and extensive deliberation, democracies might appear to promote such good leadership and sound decision-making. Yet, in another sense, democratic leaders continue to face a number of challenges, including the sometimes cumbersome institutional limits placed on their discretion, the need for balance between national interest, popular sentiment and universal values as well as the problem of disproportionate influence of commercial interests in the management of the economy. In analysing various aspects of democratic leadership, judgement and decision-making from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives, all the contributors to this book address this question of the extent to which democracies support good judgment and thereby the possibility of good leadership in democracies.
Posted in Political Science

Democratic Decision-Making

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Author: David Lewis Schaefer

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739142089

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 4598

Democratic Decision-Making: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives contains eight essays by political scientists, all but one of them previously unpublished, addressing various aspects of the democratic decision-making process. The book consists of four parts, each consisting of two essays devoted to a common theme: democratic statesmanship, the extent to which limitations of the democratic principle of majority rule are desirable, the contemporary academic theory of “deliberative democracy,” and informal modes of democratic decision-making.
Posted in Political Science

Die Mehrheitsentscheidung

Entstehung und kulturelle Dynamik

Author: Egon Flaig

Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh

ISBN: 3657774157

Category: History

Page: 628

View: 5960

Welche Bedeutung hat die Mehrheitsentscheidung für uns und woher kommt sie? Diese einzigartige Gesamtdarstellung der Geschichte des grundlegenden demokratischen Entscheidungsinstrumentes blickt erstmals über den europäischen Horizont hinaus. Entstehung und Entwicklung der Mehrheitsentscheidung werden kultur- und epochenübergreifend von der Antike bis in die Neuzeit betrachtet. Historisch, politisch und anthropologisch befragt der Autor u.a. die Gesellschaften Griechen-lands, Roms, Indiens, Israels, Islands danach, welche Rolle Mehrheitsentscheidungen in ihnen spielten, wie sie sich als Form der Beschlussfassung konstituierten und nach welchen Regularien sie vollzogen wurden. Egon Flaig zeigt, dass die Entwicklung kultureller Errungenschaften wie der Befähigung zur logischen Argumentation oder zur kontroversen Debatte nur aus ihrer Bedeutung für die Erzielung von Mehrheitsentscheidungen erklärt werden kann. Vor diesem Hintergrund stellt sich angesichts des Schwindens der Bedeutung von Mehrheitsentscheidungen in heutiger Zeit die Frage nach den Verlusten, die unserer Gesellschaft drohen - und somit nach unserem politischen Schicksal schlechthin.
Posted in History

Spirit of Liberality

Collected Essays

Author: George Newlands

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877557

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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The themes covered in this collection of essays span a wide area, from Christology and the doctrine of God to human rights and Christian spirituality, and they were written and delivered in a variety of contexts, from colleges to churches, on both sides of the Atlantic. Some have been published previously, while others are new. The papers speak from within the liberal tradition of theology, and were written from 2005-14, following on an earlier volume, Traces of Liberality. The author has added a biographical essay and a personal bibliography.
Posted in Religion

Citizenship and Democratic Doubt

The Legacy of Progressive Thought

Author: Bob Pepperman Taylor

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 7940

Taylor looks closely at six key thinkers in the Progressive tradition whose work helps illuminate the essential flaws in our current thinking about democracy. Their writings, he contends, offer insights that can reinforce and strengthen a vigorous democratic faith, warn us of the dangers inherent in various forms of democratic arrogance, and counsel a kind of doubt or humility that would make us much better democratic citizens.
Posted in Political Science

Rights, Goods, and Democracy

Author: Ramon M. Lemos

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874133127

Category: Political Science

Page: 209

View: 3680

A philosophical study of the relationships and connections among natural rights, material goods, and democracy. A defense of ethical absolutism is presented in the appendix.
Posted in Political Science

Power and Humility

The Future of Monitory Democracy

Author: John Keane

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108425224

Category: Political Science

Page: 492

View: 4707

An imaginative, radically new interpretation of the twenty-first-century fate of democracy by a distinguished scholar.
Posted in Political Science

The Good-natured Feminist

Ecofeminism and the Quest for Democracy

Author: Catriona Sandilands

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816630967

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 7541

Heroic mothers defending home and hearth against a nature deformed by multinationalist corporate practice: this may be a compelling story, but it is not necessarily the source of valid feminist or ecological critique. What's missing is the democratic element, an insistence on bringing to public debate all the relations of gender and nature that such a view takes for granted. This book aims to situate a commitment to theory and politics -- that is, to democratic practice -- at the center of ecofeminism and, thus, to move toward an ecofeminism that is truly both feminist and ecological. The Good-Natured Feminist inaugurates a sustained conversation between ecofeminism and recent writings in feminist postmodernism and radical democracy. Starting with the assumption that ecofeminism is a body of democratic theory, the book tells how the movement originated in debates about "nature" in North American radical feminisms, how it then became entangled with identity politics, and how it now seeks to include nature in democratic conversation and, especially, to politicize relations between gender and nature in both theoretical and activist milieus.
Posted in Social Science

Democratic Faith

Author: Patrick Deneen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400826896

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

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The American political reformer Herbert Croly wrote, "For better or worse, democracy cannot be disentangled from an aspiration toward human perfectibility." Democratic Faith is at once a trenchant analysis and a powerful critique of this underlying assumption that informs democratic theory. Patrick Deneen argues that among democracy's most ardent supporters there is an oft-expressed belief in the need to "transform" human beings in order to reconcile the sometimes disappointing reality of human self-interest with the democratic ideal of selfless commitment. This "transformative impulse" is frequently couched in religious language, such as the need for political "redemption." This is all the more striking given the frequent accompanying condemnation of traditional religious belief that informs the "democratic faith." At the same time, because so often this democratic ideal fails to materialize, democratic faith is often subject to a particularly intense form of disappointment. A mutually reinforcing cycle of faith and disillusionment is frequently exhibited by those who profess a democratic faith--in effect imperiling democratic commitments due to the cynicism of its most fervent erstwhile supporters. Deneen argues that democracy is ill-served by such faith. Instead, he proposes a form of "democratic realism" that recognizes democracy not as a regime with aspirations to perfection, but that justifies democracy as the regime most appropriate for imperfect humans. If democratic faith aspires to transformation, democratic realism insists on the central importance of humility, hope, and charity.
Posted in Political Science

Democratic Governance

Author: James G. March,Johan P. Olsen

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 293

View: 7712

Going beyond democratic theory, March and Olsen draw on social science to examine how political institutions create and sustain democratic solidarity, identities, capabilities, accounts, and adaptiveness; how they can maintain and elaborate democratic values and beliefs - and how governance might be made honorable, just, and effective. They show how democratic governance is both preactive and reactive - creating interests and power as well as responding to them - and how it shapes not only an understanding of the past and an ability to learn from it, but even history itself. By exploring how governance transcends the creation of coalitions that reflect existing preferences, resources, rights, and rules, the authors reveal how it includes the actual formation of these defining principles of social and political life.
Posted in Political Science

Rediscovering the democratic purposes of education

Author: Lorraine McDonnell,P. Michael Timpane,Roger W. Benjamin

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas


Category: Education

Page: 280

View: 3126

Why do America's public schools seem unable to meet today's social challenges? As competing interest groups vie over issues like funding and curricula, we seem to have lost sight of the democratic purposes originally intended for public education.Public schools were envisioned by the Founders as democratically run institutions for instilling civic values, but today's education system seems more concerned with producing good employees than good citizens. Meanwhile, our country's diversity has eroded consensus about citizenship, and the professionalization of educators has diminished public involvement in schools.This volume seeks to demonstrate that the democratic purposes of education are not outmoded ideas but can continue to be driving forces in public education. Nine original articles by some of today's leading education theorists cut a broad swath across the political spectrum to examine how those democratic purposes might be redefined and revived. It both establishes the intellectual foundation for revitalizing American schools and offers concrete ideas for how the educational process can be made more democratic.The authors make a case for better empirical research about the politics of education in order to both reconnect schools to their communities and help educators instill citizenship. An initial series of articles reexamines the original premise of American education as articulated by important thinkers like Jefferson and Dewey. A second group identifies flaws in how schools are currently governed and offers models for change. A final section analyzes the value conflicts posed by the twin strands of democratic socialization and governance, and their implications foreducation policy.Spanning philosophy, history, sociology, and political science, this book brings together the best current thinking about the specifics of education policy -- vouchers, charter schools, national testing -
Posted in Education

Democracy and America's War on Terror

Author: Robert L. Ivie

Publisher: University Alabama Press


Category: History

Page: 251

View: 7252

Robert Ivie discusses democracy's centrality to the national identity and how prevailing constructions of democracy constitute a republic of fear in which the threat of foreign and domestic "others" is chronically exaggerated through rituals of vilification and victimization.
Posted in History

From Dictatorship to Democracy

Coping With the Legacies of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism

Author: John H. Herz

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Political Science

Page: 311

View: 2703

Posted in Political Science

Contemporary Literary Criticism

Author: Jeffery Hunter

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787679729

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 5942

Covers authors who are currently active or who died after December 31, 1959. Profiles novelists, poets, playwrights and other creative and nonfiction writers by providing criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals.
Posted in Literary Criticism