Debating Democracys Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy

Paperback | October 1, 1998

EditorAnita L. Allen, Milton C. Regan

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In this timely and provocative volume, some of the world's leading political and constitutional theorists come together to debate Michael Sandel's celebrated thesis that the United States is in the the grip of a flawed public philosophy - "procedural liberalism". Beginning with an originalstage-setting introduction by Ronald Beiner, and ending with a reply by Michael Sandel, Sandel's liberal and feminist critics square off with his communitarian and civic republican sympathizers in a lively and wide-ranging discussion spanning constitutional law, culture, and political economy.Practical, topical issues of immigration, gay marriage, federalism, adoption, abortion, corporate speech, militias, and economic disparity are debated alongside theories of civic virtue, citizenship, identity, and community. Not only does this volume provide the most comprehensive and insightfulcritique of Sandel's Democracy's Discontent to date - it also makes a very significant, substantive contribution to contemporary political and legal philosophy in its own right. It will prove essential reading for all those interested in the future of American politics, law, and publicphilosophy.

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A thoughtful collection of essays, Debating Democracy’s Discontent features a distinguished roster of respected political and legal theorists. Contributors include Robin West, Jean Bethke Elshtain and Will Kymlicka. Discussing the ideas presented in Michael Sandel’s Democracy’s Discontent, the collection will spark discussion among stu...

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In this timely and provocative volume, some of the world's leading political and constitutional theorists come together to debate Michael Sandel's celebrated thesis that the United States is in the the grip of a flawed public philosophy - "procedural liberalism". Beginning with an originalstage-setting introduction by Ronald Beiner, a...

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In this volume, some of the world's leading political and constitutional theorists come together to debate Michael Sandel's celebrated thesis that the United States is in the grip of a flawed public philosophy - "procedural liberalism." Practical, topical issues of immigration, gay marriage, federalism, adoption, abortion, corporate sp...

Anita Allen and Milton C. Regan are both at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ronald Beiner: Introduction: The Quest for a Post-Liberal Public PhilosophyPART 1. REVIVING CIVIC VIRTUE1. Thomas L. Pangle: . The Retrieval of Civic Virtue: A Critical Appreciation of Sandel's Democracy's Discontent2. Jeremy Waldron: Virtue En Mass3. Philip Pettit: Reworking Sandel's RepublicanismPART 2. TOWARD AN AMERICAN PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY4. William A. Galston: Political Economy and the Politics of Virtue: US Public Philosophy at Century's End5. Clifford Orwin: The Encumbered American Self6. Mark Tushnet: A Public Philosophy for the Professional-Managerial Class7. Joan Williams: Notes of a Jewish Episcopalian: Gender as a Language of Class; Religion as a Dialect of LiberalismPART 3. LIBERAL REPUBLICANISM8. Richard Rorty: A Defense of Minimalist Liberalism9. Richard Sennett: Michael Sandel and Richard Rorty: Two Models of the Republic10. Will Kymlicka: Liberal Egalitarianism and Civic Republicanism: Friends or Enemies?11. Andrew W. Siegel: Moral Status and the Status of Morality in Political Liberalism12. Bruce Frohnen: Sandel's Liberal PoliticsPART 4. LIVING WITH DIFFERENCE13. Michael Waltzer: Michael Sandel's America14. Amitai Etzioni: Moral Dialogues: A Communitarian Core Element15. Jean Bethke Elshtain and Christopher Beem: Can This Republic be Saved?16. William Connolly: Civic Republicanism and Civic Pluralism: The Silent Struggle of Michael Sandel17. Charles Taylor: Living with DifferencePART 5. LAW, MORALS, AND PRIVATE LIVES18. Mary Lyndon (Molly) Shanley: Unencumbered Individuals and Embedded Selves: Reasons to Resist Dichotomous Thinking in Family Law19. James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain: The Right of Privacy in Sandel's Procedural Republic20. Robin West: Gay Marriage and Liberal Constitutionalism: Two MistakesPART 6. SELF-GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRATIC DISCONTENT21. Nancy L. Rosenblum: Fusion Republicanism22. Milton C. Regan, Jr: Corporate Speech and Civic Virtue23. Mark Tushnet: Federalism as a Cure for Democracy's Discontent?PART 7. A REPLY TO MY CRITICS24. Michael J. Sandel: A Reply to My Critics

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A thoughtful collection of essays, Debating Democracy’s Discontent features a distinguished roster of respected political and legal theorists. Contributors include Robin West, Jean Bethke Elshtain and Will Kymlicka. Discussing the ideas presented in Michael Sandel’s Democracy’s Discontent, the collection will spark discussion among students of political theory.