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The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits

Thomas Christiano


What is the ethical basis of democracy? And what reasons do we have to go along with democratic decisions even when we disagree with them? And when do we have reason to say that we may justly ignore democratic decisions? These questions must be answered if we are to have answers to some of the most important questions facing our global community, which include whether there is a human right to democracy and whether we must attempt to spread democracy throughout the globe. This book provides a philosophical account of the moral foundations of democracy and of liberalism. It shows how democracy ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic decisions, global community, moral foundations, liberalism, public equality, adversarial politics, authority of democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Christiano, author
Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Arizona.
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