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New Book: Interactive Democracy

New Book: Interactive Democracy

Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice By Carol C. Gould (CUNY) Published by Cambridge University Press (October 2014) Description: How can we confront the problems of diminished democracy, pervasive economic inequality, and persistent global poverty? Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally but also globally? Carol C. ...

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New Defense of Liberal Culturalism

New Defense of Liberal Culturalism

Princeton University Press has released Alan Patten’s new book, Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights. Patten is Professor of Politics at Princeton and the author of an important book on Hegel’s political philosophy. Read the Introduction of his new book here [PDF]. Description: Conflicting claims about culture are a familiar refrain of political life in the contemporary world. ...

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Political Theory and Its Methodology

Political Theory and Its Methodology

Christian List and Laura Valentini (LSE) have posted Political Theory on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Political theory, sometimes also called “normative political theory”, is a subfield of the disciplines of philosophy and political science that addresses conceptual, normative, and evaluative questions concerning politics and society, broadly construed. Examples are: When is a society just? What does it mean for ...

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Justification and Critique

Justification and Critique

Polity Press has released Rainer Forst’s latest book in English, Justification and Critique: Towards a Critical Theory of Politics. It was first published in German in 2011 by Suhrkamp as Kritik der Rechtfertigungsverhältnisse: Perspektiven einer kritischen Theorie der Politik. Description: Rainer Forst develops a critical theory capable of deciphering the deficits and potentials inherent in contemporary political reality. This calls for a perspective ...

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Martha Nussbaum’s New Book on Political Emotions

Martha Nussbaum’s New Book on Political Emotions

Harvard University Press has released this month Martha Nussbaum’s new book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, in 480 pages. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Description: How can we achieve and sustain a “decent” liberal society, one that aspires to justice and equal opportunity for all and inspires individuals ...

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Joseph Raz’s Response to Waldron on Human Rights

Joseph Raz’s Response to Waldron on Human Rights

Joseph Raz has commented on Jeremy Waldron’s recent paper, Human Rights: A Critique of the Raz/Rawls Approach  in a new paper posted in SSRN: On Waldron’s Critique of Raz on Human Rights Here is the abstract: Prof. Waldron has recently published a paper criticising the views of Rawls and Raz on human rights. It is pointed out that some supposed criticism are nothing more ...

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Comprehensive Deliberation

Comprehensive Deliberation

Benjamin Hertzberg (Harvard) has posted Comprehensive Deliberation: Democratic Reasoning Across Religious Difference in SSRN. The paper will be presented at APSA 2013 Annual Meeting. Here is the abstract: Many now believe that democracy grants citizens the moral permission to contribute religious arguments to democratic discussions. This permission poses a puzzle: because religious arguments are not broadly persuasive, the citizen who makes ...

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New Edited Volume: ‘Menschenrechte und Demokratie’

New Edited Volume: ‘Menschenrechte und Demokratie’

Menschenrechte und Demokratie Georg Lohmann zum 65. Geburtstag Falk Bornmüller / Thomas Hoffmann / Arnd Pollmann (Hrsg.) Verlag Karl Alber, 2013 Description: Die in diesem Band versammelten Beiträge gehen dem zugleich engen wie spannungsreichen Verhältnis von Menschenrechten und Demokratie nach. Neben ideengeschichtlichen, rechtshistorischen und systematischen Überlegungen in Bezug auf die ursprünglich revolutionäre Verschränkung beider Ideen werden philosophische, politikwissenschaftliche und völkerrechtliche ...

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Jeremy Waldron on the Political Approach to Human Rights

Jeremy Waldron on the Political Approach to Human Rights

Jeremy Waldron has posted Human Rights: A Critique of the Raz/Rawls Approach in SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper examines and criticizes the suggestion that we should interpret the “human” in “human rights” as (i) referring to the appropriate sort of action when certain rights are violated rather than (ii) the (human) universality of certain rights. It considers first ...

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Entry on Public Reason at SEP

Entry on Public Reason at SEP

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has published a new entry on Public Reason, written by Jonathan Quong. The entry is “structured around questions about the nature of public reason that continue to be the subject of sustained debate in the literature. Section 1 considers competing positions regarding the underlying rationale for public reason. Section 2 identifies different views about the ...

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