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Democracy and disagreement

Responsibility Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson
Material Type Book
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Year 1996
Language English
Size viii, 422 p. ; 24 cm
Abstract The din and deadlock of public life in America - where insults are traded, slogans proclaimed, and self-serving deals are made and unmade - reveal the deep disagreement that pervades our democracy. Th... disagreement is not only political but also moral, as citizens and their representatives increasingly take extreme and intransigent positions. A better kind of public discussion is needed, and Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson provide an eloquent argument for "deliberative democracy" today. They develop a principled framework for opponents to come together on moral and political issues. Gutmann and Thompson show how a deliberative democracy can address some of our most difficult controversies - from abortion and affirmative action to health care and welfare - and can allow diverse groups separated by class, race, religion, and gender to reason together. Their work goes beyond that of most political theorists and social scientists by exploring both the principles for reasonable argument and their application to actual cases. Not only do the authors suggest how deliberative democracy can work, they also show why improving our collective capacity for moral argument is better than referring all disagreements to procedural politics or judicial institutions. Democracy and Disagreement presents a compelling approach to how we might resolve some of our most trying moral disagreements and live with those that will inevitably persist, on terms that all of us can respect.show more

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LAW, Research Room 015211997023751 J 10/G/38 1996

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-410) and index
Authors *Gutmann, Amy
Thompson, Dennis F. (Dennis Frank), 1940-
Subjects LCSH:Democracy
LCSH:Representative government and representation
LCSH:Compromise (Ethics)
Classification LCC:JC423
DC20:321.8
ID 1000290591
ISBN 0674197658
NCID BA28696528
Vol ISBN:0674197658
: pbk ; ISBN:0674197666
Created Date 2009.09.11
Modified Date 2009.09.11

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