Yves R. Simon: Real Democracy

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - Political Science - 168 pages
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This is a long overdue analysis of Yves R. Simon's profound contribution to the theory and practice of democracy. One of the twentieth century's major philosophers, Simon defended democracy as a way to human fulfillment, not from modern idealist or pragmatic premises, but on the basis of the classical Aristotelian-Thomistic understanding of politics and its realistic assessment of human nature. Prominent scholar Vukan Kuic, who has edited several of Simon's posthumous volumes, analyzes Simon's treatment of the functions of government, his theories of democratic liberty and equality, and his concerns about the problems that modern technology presents for democracy. This comprehensive examination also provides readers with an outline of Simon's larger philosophical framework which both confirmed democracy as the best regime and redeemed the autonomy of political science.
 

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Contents

PHILOSOPHER IN THE CITY
1
A SANSCULOTTE THOMIST
3
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
8
THE PHILOSOPHERS CALLING
14
PHILOSOPHY SCIENCE AND PRACTICAL WISDOM
23
TO BE TO KNOW TO ACT
27
FROM SCIENCE OF NATURE TO SCIENCE OF SOCIETY
31
SCIENCE AND PRACTICAL WISDOM
34
INSTRUMENTS OF GOVERNMENT
90
CONSTITUTIONAL POLITICS
94
THE NEED TO GIVE
96
THE COMMUNITY OF THE FREE
103
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN HISTORY
106
BASIC ECONOMIC JUSTICE
110
SOCIAL JUSTICE
112
THEORY VERSUS PRACTICE
116

THE HEART OF DECISION MAKING
37
TRUTH IN ACTION
39
LIBERTY AND AUTHORITY
47
CONCEPTS OF FREEDOM
48
THE COMMON GOOD AND ITS COUNTERFEITS
52
THE DEFICIENCY THEORY OF GOVERNMENT
58
THE REAL FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT
61
LIBERTY AND AUTHORITY WORKING TOGETHER
65
CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY
75
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY AND THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED
76
UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE
82
MAJORITY RULE
84
DEMOCRATIC PLURALISM
86
DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY
118
BEYOND CAPITALISM AND TECHNOLOGY
125
DEMOCRACYS CHOICES
133
LEISURE AND CULTURE
135
CULTURE AND WORK
139
THE WORKS OF THE MIND
141
WORK AND DEMOCRACY
146
A REALIST VIEW OF PROGRESS
151
BIBLIOGRAPHY
159
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
161
Index
164
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
168
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Vukan Kuic is professor emeritus in the Department of Government and International studies at the University of South Carolina.

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