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Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place

Robert B. Talisse


Democracy is an extremely important social political good. Nonetheless, there is such a thing as having too much of a good thing. When we overdo democracy, we allow the categories, allegiances, and struggles of politics to overwhelm our social lives. This has the effect of undermining and crowding out many of the most important correlated social goods that democracy is meant to deliver. What’s more, in overdoing democracy, we spoil certain social goods that democracy needs in order to flourish. Thus overdoing democracy is democracy’s undoing. A thriving democracy needs citizens to reserve spac ... More

Keywords: democracy, politics, polarization, crowding out, social good

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190924195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190924195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Talisse, author
W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor Political Science, Vanderbilt University

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