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Understanding Liberal DemocracyEssays in Political Philosophy$
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Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001

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An Engagement with Rorty

An Engagement with Rorty

(p.41) 2 An Engagement with Rorty
Understanding Liberal Democracy

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Terence Cuneo

Oxford University Press

Richard Rorty has defended what he calls the "Jeffersonian compromise." According to this compromise, citizens in a liberal democracy are free to exercise their religious convictions in the private sphere, but are not to articulate or act upon them in the public sphere. Charitably read, Rorty's actual view is that we should limit public political conversation to premises held in common. This essay argues that the position which Rorty advocates is unsustainable.

Keywords:   Carter, Stephen, democracy, Dewey, John, King, Martin Luther, private, public, Rorty, Richard

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