trygve thr o nveit What is democracy? Is it a form, or a quality? A process, or a goal? A type of government, or a relation between government and governed and among the governed themselves? Is it “a” thing at all, or is it thoroughly plural—not just historically or demographically, but logically, morally, and m - etaphys ically? Finally, whatever its essential nature, is democracy a gen-uine pos sibility that actual communities can realize given enough hard work and thinking? Or is it merely a rhetorical device for eliciting, from the powerful, the bare minimum of justice required to forestall chaos? In a variety of ways—some complementary, some (at least apparently) contradictory—all the contributors to this voleTh um Good e o S f ociety question the dichotomies invoked above. Ana Romero-Iribas and Graham Smith draw on other students of the ancient Greek conception of “political friendship” to complicate the role of “reciprocity” in democratic societies. Romero-Iribas and Smith do not deny the value of what historian J ames T. Kloppenberg identifies as democracy’s foundational “rationale” for “treating all persons with respect,” and for “extend[ing] the category of those deserving consideration beyond the small body of citizens” in our familiar
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Dec 17, 2019
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