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

Anita L. Allen and Milton C. Regan


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

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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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I Reviving Civic Virtue

2 Virtue En Masse

Jeremy Waldron

II Toward an American Public Philosophy

III Liberal Republicanism

IV Living With Difference

15 Can This Republic Be Saved?

Jean Bethke Elshtain and Christopher Beem

17 Living With Difference

Charles Taylor

V Law, Morals, and Private Lives

19 The Right of Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic

James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain

VI Self‐Government and Democratic Discontent

21 Fusion Republicanism

Nancy L. Rosenblum

VII A Reply to His Critics

24 Reply to Critics

Michael J. Sandel

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