Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Understanding Liberal DemocracyEssays in Political Philosophy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 June 2020

Liberal Democracy as Equal Political Voice

Liberal Democracy as Equal Political Voice

Chapter:
(p.113) 5 Liberal Democracy as Equal Political Voice
Source:
Understanding Liberal Democracy
Author(s):

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Terence Cuneo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0006

This essay moves beyond critique of public reason liberalism to propose an alternative interpretation of the governing idea of liberal democracy. At the heart of that idea is a commitment to not public reason, as Rawls understands that, but to the equal right of citizens to full political voice – this voice to be exercised within an explicit or implicit constitution that imposes limits and guarantees on government, and within a legal order that protects citizens against impairment of their right to full political voice by their fellow citizens. The resulting position is the equal political voice interpretation of liberal democracy.

Keywords:   constitutional limits, declaration of Independence, duty of civility, equal voice, governing idea of liberal democracy, justificatory liberalism, Kant, idealization, moral demand argument, perfectionism, public reason liberalism, protectionism, Rawls, John, reasonable

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .