Democracy and the Ethical Life

Democracy and the Ethical Life

A Philosophy of Politics and Community

eBook - 1990
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Johns Hopkins University Press

This study goes to the heart of ethics and politics. Strongly argued and lucidly written, the book makes a crucial distinction between two forms of democracy. The author defends constitutional democracy as potentially supportive of the ethical life, while he criticizes the plebiscitary form of democracyas undermiining man's moral nature. The book includes an extensive interpretation and refutation of the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and offers a new perspective on the American Constitution and the relationship between moral community and self-interest. This edition includes an important new section on the common good and the state of Western democracy.


"One of the best books on the terrain where politics and morality precariously overlap, recommended vigorously to all who are concerned with the loss of political morality."—Peter Viereck

"An excellent and much needed analysis, and synthesis, of the relation of man's moral life to democratic, constitutional self rule."—Vera Lex

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ©1990
Edition: 2nd ed., expanded
ISBN: 9780813220864
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 245 pages)


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