Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy

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Anita LaFrance Allen, Anita L. Allen, Milton C. Regan, Milton C. Regan, Jr., Professor of Law Milton C Regan
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 391 pages
Here, a distinguished cast of some the world's finest political and legal theorists offer criticisms of Michael Sandel's Democracy's Discontent, a recent, popular, and influential call for a more moralistic democracy. In this collection, Sandel's liberal and feminist critics square off with his communitarian and civic republican sympathizers in a lively and wide-ranging discussion that spans constitutional law, culture, and political economy. Such practical, topical issues as 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 Debating Democracy's Discontent afford the most comprehensive and insightful critique to date of Sandel's volume, it also makes a significant, substantive contribution to contemporary political and legal philosophy in its own right. This book will prove essential to all who are interested in the future of American politics, law, and public philosophy.
 

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Contents

The Quest for a PostLiberal Public Philosophy
1
I Reviving Civic Virtue
15
II Toward an American Public Philosophy
61
III Liberal Republicanism
115
IV Living with Difference
173
V Law Morals and Private Lives
227
VI SelfGovernment and Democratic Discontent
271
VII A Reply to His Critics
317
Notes
336
Index
379
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Anita L. Allen is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at Georgetown University Law Center. Milton C. Regan, Jr., is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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