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Democracy to Come: Politics as Relational Praxis

Fred Dallmayr


The book seeks to lay the groundwork for a new conception of democracy. By contrast to traditional views which located its distinctive character simply in the expansion of the number of rulers, the book presents the rise of modern democracy as a basic ‘paradigm shift’ involving multiple dimensions of change (including political, metaphysical, and even theological dimensions). Harking back to Montesquieu’s stress on the needed ‘spirit of equality,’ the new conception focuses on ethical ‘relationality’ and human ‘potentionality,’ that is, on the cultivation of ethical relations with others and t ... More

Keywords: democracy as ‘paradigm shift’, spirit of equality, ethical relationality, potentiality, people (potentia), political agents (potestas), good life, indigenous democratization, contra hegemonic ‘regime change.’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190670979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190670979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Dallmayr, author
Packey J. Dee Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, Notre Dame University