ISBN-10:
0674197453
ISBN-13:
9780674197459
Pub. Date:
02/06/1998
Publisher:
Harvard
Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy / Edition 1

Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy / Edition 1

by Michael J. Sandel
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Overview

The defect, Sandel maintains, lies in the impoverished vision of citizenship and community shared by Democrats and Republicans alike. American politics has lost its civic voice, leaving both liberals and conservatives unable to inspire the sense of community and civic engagement that self-government requires.

In search of a public philosophy adequate to our time, Sandel ranges across the American political experience, recalling the arguments of Jefferson and Hamilton, Lincoln and Douglas, Holmes and Brandeis, FDR and Reagan. He relates epic debates over slavery and industrial capitalism to contemporary controversies over the welfare state, religion, abortion, gay rights, and hate speech. Democracy's Discontent provides a new interpretation of the American political and constitutional tradition that offers hope of rejuvenating our civic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674197459
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/06/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Sandel is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PROCEDURAL REPUBLIC

1. The Public Philosophy of Contemporary Liberalism

2. Rights and the Neutral State

3. Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech

4. Privacy Rights and Family Law

PART II: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CITIZENSHIP

5. Economics and Virtue in the Early Republic

6. Free Labor versus Wage Labor

7. Community, Self-Government, and Progressive Reform

8. Liberalism and the Keynesian Revolution

9. The Triumph and Travail of the Procedural Republic

Conclusion: In Search of a Public Philosophy

Notes

Index

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An impressive work. It consolidates Sandel's position as the leading American republican-communitarian critic of rights-based liberalism...A major figure in the world of political theory has written a major book.

George Kateb

An impressive work. It consolidates Sandel's position as the leading American republican-communitarian critic of rights-based liberalism...A major figure in the world of political theory has written a major book.
George Kateb, Princeton University

Alan Brinkley

A bold and compelling critique of American liberalism that challenges us to reassess some basic assumptions about our public life and its dilemmas. It is a remarkable fusion of philosophical and historical scholarship, and it confirms Sandel's reputation as one of America's most important political theorists.
Alan Brinkley, Columbia University

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