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Debating Democracy's Discontent
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Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy

Anita L. Allen and Milton C. Regan

Abstract

In Democracy’s Discontent, Michael Sandel contrasts the civic republican approach to American politics with that of liberal neutrality and shows how the two views have played out over the course of US history. Sandel argues that liberal neutrality is overwhelmingly dominant today, and he urges a return to a more Aristotelian, republican politics; both positions are controverted here. Under republicanism, government, acting on the premise that self-government is intrinsically good, would take on the challenge of inculcating the virtues of character necessary for effective citizenship. Sandel is ... More

Keywords: character, citizenship, Democracy's Discontent, encumbered, identities, neutrality, republican, Michael Sandel, self-government, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294964.001.0001

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Anita L. Allen, editor
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Milton C. Regan, editor
both at the Georgetown University Law Center
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Contents

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I Reviving Civic Virtue

II Toward an American Public Philosophy

III Liberal Republicanism

IV Living With Difference

V Law, Morals, and Private Lives

VI Self‐Government and Democratic Discontent

VII A Reply to His Critics

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